May 27, 1999 VNN3967 See Related VNN Stories | Comment on this story
Srila Narayana Maharaja In Los Angeles
ANGELES, USA, May 27 (VNN) Respectfully submitted by the secretaries of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja for immediate release and publication on VNN:
On May 29 and 30, an annual Mahotsava to honor His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada will take place at the ISKCON Temple in Los Angeles. Srila Prabhupada's followers from the world over will gather to savor their appreciation for him.
At the outset of this announcement, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja and his disciples and supporters would also like to repeat our dandavat pranams at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, the great acharya who established Krishna Consciousness as a worldwide movement.
Srila Narayana Maharaja will be in the LA area at the same time the Prabhupada Festival occurs. For those who have questioned this timing we wish to clarify that the arrangement was circumstantial and in no way intended to distract from the event honoring Srila Prabhupada. In past years Srila Maharaja was in New Braja (Badger, California) during this occasion, thus many of us could not come such a distance to honor Srila Prabhupada. At least now that Maharaja's stay in Los Angeles coincides with the Prabhupada Festival some of us may more easily visit the gathering.
All of Maharaja's residences, darshanas and speaking engagements (for example, the Oakwood in Marina Del Rey) will be held at a distance from the LA ISKCON Temple. During the festival days, he will speak out of the LA area altogether on the invitation of Indian friends who were not planning to attend the weekend celebration at LA ISKCON.
As long as devotees suffer for want of pure bhakti, Srila Narayana Maharaja will continue to travel wherever he is invited to nourish that need with his compassion and Hari-katha. Nevertheless, it is Maharaja's express desire not to conflict with or upset the organizers of any other function.
As his followers, we naturally wish Maharaja's wonderful glorifications of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja could be shared with the many devotees at the LA Prabhupada Gathering. If this is not possible at this time, we will continue to pray that in the future the climate will change to one of mutual respect and appreciation.
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