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New Year´s Festival 2015

Text and photos by Mangala Dasi

The devotees of Goloka Dhama again opened their doors widely to welcome pilgrims for the annual Sanga Mela festival. There are many small and big events at such a festival so that usually we need a few days to digest them and can spiritually feed on them for weeks.

The highlights of this year´s Sanga Mela was the outstanding Krishna-katha given by Sacinandana Swami, Ojashvi Prabhu´s stirring kirtans and Shri Shri Radha Madana-Mohana´s ever-present grace.

In the evenings Sacinandana Swami spoke about the archetypical spiritual journey of every soul travelling on the path to Krishna on the basis of Akrura´s journey to Vrindavana and all the stages one goes through: the bliss of the prospect of coming in contact with Krishna, the hopelessness of realizing one´s shortcomings, the hope that comes from then full-heartedly taking shelter at Krishna´s lotus feet and again the bliss of finally meeting Krishna. In the mornings Maharaja spoke about how to take shelter and the importance of singing Krishna´s names with devotees.

Of course, he also left us with a message for the new year: if you want to change your life, don´t forget to pray to Krishna for support. New year´s resolutions that neglect Krishna´s mercy are hard to stick to, if it is possible at all. 

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