News from Mayapur
Nityananda, long-time associate of Chaitanaya, was born in the late 15th century in the
distance from Mayapur. Today was His
birth anniversary. village
Amongst a host of credits, Nityananda was a great teacher of Hari-Nama, the chanting of the name of the Divine. On this half-day fast, a gathering of the majority of the town of
assembled at the Pancha Tattva Hall for a ritual of Abhisekha, which is a
bathing ceremony to honour Nityananda in His brass deity form. At that time a lead singer said something
before he began the song. "Everyone
sit down!" Mayapur
Now, that didn't seem right to me. "Sitting down during a chanting session?” was my personal query, 'on the day of Nityananda, the explosive dancer? What are we coming to?" Some hours later I heard that three swamis (monks) in our order were all recovering from surgery-- from cancer or some other ailment. Their names are Jayapataka, Gunagrahi and Kadambha Kanana Swamis-- all dear friends. To hear especially about my Dutch friend Kadambha was news.
One more piece of information that was new to me was hearing of the population of Mayapur. From a mere almost zero population about 50 years ago to the present there's a blossoming of 5,000 people.
May the source be with you!