After a couple of days in Zagreb I headed off to Slovenia with HH Prahladananda Maharaja and Lilasukha prabhu for another four day summer camp. We travelled to the border and after a half hour wait just over the checkpoint we swapped cars and went on to the camp site.
I can’t tell you where exactly because noone seemed to know the name of the district. Anyway, it was about 30 kms from the border. I like Slovenia, its a green and pleasant land and our site was right in the middle of a beautiful band of farm land.
Facilities were simple but adequate. Maharaja stayed in a small cabin, Manidhara had his own travelling house
and for the first time this year the organizers provided a few small caravans for senior guests, myself included
and we even had wireless broadband
A large rented framed marquee served as the temple room and single men’s quarters
An old barn served as a temporary ashram and kitchen
and the remainder of the devotees stayed in tents. Altogether about sixty adults and kids attended. Not huge but the summer camps are a great chance for devotees to get together, have a spiritual holiday and increase their hearing and chanting.
Beautiful Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada oversaw the events
Mornings were surprisingly chilly; in fact one morning it was only 5 degs. C! I was told later it was the coldest August morning for over a hundred years. But it was sunny everyday so no real hardship there
One pleasant surprise was meeting HG Kratu prabhu whom I hadn’t seen for a few years
He was staying at a nearby home and gave a seminar on Krsna-katha
As in Lika I was asked to kick off each day’s seminars with a session of ‘Srila Prabhupada the Living Bhagavatam’ so that everyone could meditate on His Divine Grace during the day.
Prasadam was very nicely cooked and it was a pleasure to take with the Vaisnavas in the sunshine and open air. And of course, bask in the warm sunshine
The many children were kept entertained with special rides, kirtans and even a bonfire to cook fresh corn on the cob
The special event was Lord Balarama’s appearance day some photos of which are just now coming (in case anyone is wondering about the sporadic nature of my postings, I am on a pretty hectic tour schedule so its a bit hit and miss, but there’s lots coming up!)
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