Saturday, July 19, 2008

Moonwashed Journey - Guru Purnima

Travel in Hawaii is dramatic. There are fourteen different climate zones on the Big Island; the towns are very unique, the people different in each one. So when I proposed to my mom to cross the island to attend Guru Purnima in Hilo, believe me, it was a big deal. Considering gas is 4.69, we decided to do the eco-friendly thing and hop on a bus. And so our day began with the sunrise.
We walked everywhere (4 miles, according to my pedometer). And when we were relaxing in the cafe I used to work at when I attended University of Hawaii, I saw branches of this fruit (lychee) lying on the sidewalk. Hawaii's a bit like that. The exotic is normal.

This path to the river is so deep I found the sign comical.

Approaching the temple at Godruma Gardens...

Above, Bodhayan Maharaj speaks on the occasion of Guru Purnima. Below, the melodious Chandra Kantha leads us in kirtan.
My first kirtan in two months, I could not resist dancing... in my limping way, I still encouraged all the other women to join in. Meanwhile, everyone offered overflowing flowers to the acaryas in our line. I meditated on my own spiritual master, Radhanath Swami, and offered him my respects.

I remember dressing the deities on the left, Sri Radhika Raman, many years ago with Mulaprakriti. Her enthusiasm and sincerity was contagious. I came away in stitches with laughter and also a sweeter appreciation for deities of Radha and Krishna.

Srila Prabhupad's vision was so powerful, so immense, that it has even touched this little town of Hilo. With profound gratitude, I offer my deep, humble respects to this beautiful personality.
Sri Mahotsava Guru Purnima ki, Jai!


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R.H. said...

Dear Mother, Pls be aware that it is not called "Guru Purnima"; rather it is known as Gaura Purnima.

Hope this meets you well;

RGd (NV/'83-'93)

Krsnaa said...

thanks for sharing Bhakti. I enjoyed the pic of the two waterfalls, so beautiful! I have to come to Hawaii sometime. I also loved the last pic of Srila Prabhupada, what a stunning garland! :)

Bhakti lata said...

Thank's krsnaa! It's good to hear from you. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for many... many travels ahead :)

Bhakti lata said...

actually, R.H., Gaura Purnima takes place around March - it is the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya. This is Guru Purnima, the full moon that celebrates and honors guru, our teachers.

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