An update on life at Gopinatha dham

 

Report from Gopinatha dham

 

It's been a long time since I've sat here to write. Hectic pace has kept me away from the computer. Today has a

quiet moment, to share with our friends the activities which have taken place here during the past two months.

 

Gallery news

 

 

Earlier this year Rob began creating a small Bengali hut for our Mayapura section. He battled with setting up the

thatched panels from Mayapur. Once the sides were in place, the next question was how to roof it.

We'd found some Indonesian thatch on long strips of Bamboo but it really didn't seem to work, nor look the part.

 

 

 

 

 

Then I tried taking the grass strips apart and tying the grass together into small bundles.

We all felt quiteat home working with the grass and making the roof using this process.

 

     

 

 

 

        

 

Radha Raman makes the bamboo roof frame.

 

 

 

 

The bundles all rest atop the frame. Although it does not really look exactly like the neat roofing of a

Bengali hut, it's much better than what it was like before.

 

    

 

 

 

 

Rob came to finish the two panels one on each side of the Pancha Tattwa.

 

 

 

 

and tile the entrance to Puri.

 

 

 

 

 

Good news was that the West Australian Art Gallery kindly donated us four brand new pedestals

which were surplus from their current exhibition on Ancient Egypt.

 

 

 

 

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Graphics

 

 

 

For me, by far the most challenging part of this project is the graphics. More than 50 panels of information

and images are required. So far we've been focused on construction: now we're faced with conceptualizing,

then designing all these panels for the four sections of the gallery. Without experience, expertise, or

technical knowledge, I've been struggling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband is a very organized thinker, having written many books. Seeing my confusion he's been helping

me with the process, and via the internet, Yaron, a devotee graphic designer in Israel, has agreed

to also take part.

 

Printing

 

We've also been looking at the different printing options. Nowdays printing technology can print right onto

wood, cement or even corrugated iron. We're making a few samples.

 

 

Melbourne visit

 

At the end of July I visited Melbourne, taking Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur to be painted by Rasanandini, a

devotee artist there. He returned last week with Vedapriya who is visiting for Janmastami.

 

 

 

 

 

It was also my mother's 90th birthday and since she is dear to the devotees, they arranged a

small birthday party for her at the temple.

 

 

 

Visvajit and his wife who are both from Orissa performed a small Rathayatra festival a their home.

 

 

 

 

Guests at Gopinath Dham

We've had quite a few guests recently. Firstly Partha, and her young daughter Sangita came for a week

during Purushottam month from Aukland. They happily spent time caring for the garden we have started

in the swimming pool.

 

 

Next Yadav and Runa Jani came from Nairobhi to visit. Yadav is a very dear friend of Gopinatha dham.

He first visited us in 2002 soon after we moved here. At that time he was studying in Perth. Now he's married,

working in his family's business and about to become a father.

 

 

 

 

Next Damodara Prabhu came from Melbourne on his was to Pune in India, where he and his family now reside.

He kindly spent a few days of his valuable time making a careful floor plan for the gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devotional activities

 

This year has seen our morning spiritual program becoming far less steady, due to early workdays for

Palika and Linda, sickness for Sri Radha Raman and a heavy focus on trying to get the gallery work completed.

 

Seeing the plight, my husband suggested we have a evening program as well. He offered to read

Brhat Bhagavatamrita with us every night. At first I couldn't imagine how to fit another obligation into our

busy days, but after we began, very quickly we felt the rejuvenating benefit. Now we look forward to some

evening nourishment from chanting and hearing together.

 

 

Festivals

 

JHULAN YATRA

 

On top of everything else, this is Gopinatha's main festival season. Every year at this time, we celebrate

Gopinatha's Jhulan Yatra.

 

 

 

 

 

BALARAMA PURNIMA

 

Soon after that Balarama Purnima arrives and we set up for another festival. Although Gopinatha's festivals are very small they are also very sweet. Somehow each year He sends us some guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radha Krishna Prabhu from Houston

 

 

Dhananjaya Prabhu, Ashok and son, Pratik from Mumbai

 

JANMASTAMI

 

For Janmastami Gopinath goes to Nandagram[see next blog entry]. Meanwhile we run around here

and there busily preparing for the following day - Srila Prabupada's Vyasa Puja.

 

 

 

SRI VYASA PUJA

 This year the temple agreed to hold this important spiritual function at Gopinatha Dham.

We hired a tent and set up everything ready.

 
When Srila Prabhupada came early in the morning, from the Janmastami program straight to our place,

it really felt as if he was here with us in person, as our guest.

 

 

 

The following morning many devotees arrived to celebrate his auspicious birthday.

 

 

Yadu-sresta prabhu, temple president in the Perth temple speaking.

 

 

Vrajananda and Hema Krishna both from Malaysia speak their realizations about serving Guru and devotees.

 

 
And What's happening right now?

 

Currently we're watching two young Indian carpenters quickly completing work to be done on the Gallery,

under the watchful eye of Dhananjaya Prabhu, a very qualified Gujerati devotee architect, who has designed

many temples throughout India.

 

       

 

 

 

       

 

 

Pratik, his nephew, who lives in Perth has started a business. He decided to make his first job

helping complete the gallery.

 

 

 

 

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Well, that's all the time I can spare on the computer right now. Today's my day to cook and I still have

many rounds to chant. Three days from now I go back to Melbourne for Radhastami, then onto

New Zealand to spent some time with the devotees in Christ Church. Back to Gopinatha dham by October 1st.

 

Will try to catch a moment to write something while travelling here and there. Til then...

 

 

 

 

Hare Krishna

From everyone at

Gopinath Dham