Arriving at Radha-kunda
16th of September, 2006 - 6:47
Phase B of Migration
13th of September, 2006 - 6:53

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Arriving at Radha-kunda
Posted: 16th of September, 2006 - 6:47
The flavours... The atmosphere... Vrindavan, my love!

Safe and sound with Radharani's kripa, we arrived at Radha-kunda Friday morning at 8 AM. The travel went smooth, and even the seven-hour wait at Moscow airport was actually a welcome break that let us catch up with some badly missing sleep.

Arriving, we got the keys from Radhanath and spoke for a moment, brought in our bags, cleaned up a bit, took shower, woke up Giridhari and did a semi-improvised puja in absence of much of the utensils still packed away somewhere in metal trunks. Quickly, somewhat impatient after six months out, we then headed over to Radha-kunda for the darsana of Sri Kunda herself – after Vaisnava-darsana. Babaji Maharaja was scheduled to arrive later on in the afternoon from Bengal.

A very beautiful meeting – words fail – we feel so very happy and fulfilled here. Staying in Vraja in the sadhus' company is a home more than any home could ever be. With Kunda-parikrama and Vaisnava-darsana, we also conveyed the heartfelt prayers of some dear friends, who had sent their wishes with us; why would Radharani not answer the calls of those, who want nothing but her seva?

Practically, we are still very much in the process of settling down, with a whole lot of cleaning and arranging to do before life normalizes. I seem to be having some issues with my phone as well – we are heading to Mathura the day after tomorrow for registering with the F.R.O. and I'll hopefully get that sorted out at the same time. Expect to be hearing more from our way sometime next week, then.

May the good wishes of the Vaisnavas keep us here.
Phase B of Migration
Posted: 13th of September, 2006 - 6:53
We are moving to phase B of the plan in about nine hours from now.

Our samsara has shrunk to a size that fits our suitcases, comfortably small. We have carried out hilarious quantities of garbage and other useless items and materials from a stock we never knew we have, and I am just back from burning a 100 liter plastic bag filled up to brim with all those sacred relics none would take and that can't go to garbage. My jacket didn't catch fire, and the officers didn't catch me, so it was success by all counts.

I have a ton of things pending on my list of things I would have wanted to do here but can also do in Vraja, and I can't even begin to think where to start thinking about it all. I have a bunch of letters to everyone, I'll get back to them soon. I haven't forgotten anyone.

We have, somehow or other, collected more towards the plot. We're still in the dark over how the house itself is going to materialize. We had hoped to start building our little kutir before the end of the year, but by all practical calculations it seems unlikely it's going to happen – especially with one major web development project, the biggest by all counts in comparison to the peanut jobs I've been doing to get bills paid, that was in the air since months got cancelled last week. I need to invest more of the couple of spare hours I have in a day into work that generates some income. As for how all that translates into reality as far as all things I've been doing online for the devotee community during the recent years, it's a bit shrouded in the mystery for now as I haven't gotten around to sitting down and evaluating where we're at, what can or should be done, and what needs to stay on the backburner or in the freezer for the time being, or indefinitely. I suppose I'll have a better chance to look at all that when I'm a bit settled in Vraja.

Settling a bit, I expect that to start happening by early next week latest. We are reaching Radha-kunda Friday morning local time, 10-ish it should be if all goes as planned.

Please take some dust off your feet and throw it our way – we can use all godspeed we can get for the journey. The journey of a lifetime it is indeed – a one-way ticket both literally and in so many other ways.

Jaya Sri Radhe Radhe!

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