Thursday, October 19th, 2023
New Mayapura, France
Rural France is indeed peaceful, calm, restful. Gopaswami, a resident for many years, and Gaura Hari from Denmark, were my guides and took me around. There are 200 acres here, and sixty percent of the property is comprised of trees. They are beautiful giants. One had collapsed just last night, missing someone's home almost by a thread. Close call!
We also got close to an older retired ox. Gaurangi was serving him pieces of pears and apples. She would drop a fruit and get out of the way – he is strong with sizeable horns.
Some men were working on the fuel tower. The main engineer was there helping to get heating fuel prepared to be dispersed throughout the various inhabited buildings. This place, New Mayapura, is experiencing a revival. It blossomed in the 70s and part of the 80s. When the leader left in '86, the community encountered many hardships. A few stalwarts stayed, and then about five years ago, a monk from the UK, Janananda Goswami, came and enthused devotees after thirty-year absence of good inspiration.
I walked the grounds a second time and spent more time in the tree section. There is so much potential here for community growth overall, and I wish everyone the best. I feel very fortunate to be in the midst of nature and good people, and woofers who travel about working at farms for meals and room and board. A good number of them came to the temple where we chanted, and I was allowed to take the lead in bhakti aerobics. We were loving it. I didn't get the chance to do too much walking, kilometre-wise, but the dancing made up for it.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!