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. 620_4855

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.

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Facilities were simple but adequate. Maharaja stayed in a small cabin, Manidhara had his own travelling house

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and for the first time this year the organizers provided a few small caravans for senior guests, myself included

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and we even had wireless broadband

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A large rented framed marquee served as the temple room and single men’s quarters

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An old barn served as a temporary ashram and kitchen

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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.

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Beautiful Gaura Nitai and Srila Prabhupada oversaw the events

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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

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One pleasant surprise was meeting HG Kratu  prabhu whom I hadn’t seen for a few years

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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.

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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

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The many children were kept entertained with special rides, kirtans and even a bonfire to cook fresh corn on the cob

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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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