Last nite I attended perhaps the most moving program in my short career as a devotee. It was in honor of Mata Saci, the departed wife of Premananda Goura Prabhu and the mother of Bali and Kish.
There is so much I could say about the program and the devotees, but I honestly have less than no time. Basically, I have never felt such concentrated love before. Premananda Goura is an amazing soul–so full of life and free of envy. He and his sons have so much taste for the Holy Name. And they all attribute their good qualities to Mata Saci, their heart and soul.
The story of Premananda Goura and Mata Saci’s marriage is a true love story. And the story only continues with Prabhu’s utter devotion and love to his wife. I have never heard a man so wholeheartedly glorify his wife’s qualities before.
I cannot do the event justice. There was amazing kirtan followed by some heartfelt words of love and appreciation by Bali. Premananda Goura unveiled a website dedicated to his wife, an ongoing project in honor of her pure service as a wife, mother and Krishna bhakta. Then the Mayapuris, accompanied by Yaitza on cello, performed the most moving rendition of Parama Karuna. As an encore, Jaggi performed an original song he wrote about the Divine Couple–poetry set to acoustic guitar.
I cannot believe the good fortune I have to live amongst such amazing devotees.
At the end of all the chanting, Premananda Goura was like, “Turn to the person next to you and tell them you love them!” Ha! I already did. As soon as the kirtan was over I had turned to Vish and declared my love to him. The kirtan of these devotees is resuscitating my spiritual life.
I am so greatful to Mayapur Malini for taking me into her family. If I cannot be a Rico, at least I can be French Canadian.
On the way home from the program, Venumadhava asked, “Can we visit another planet.”
I replied, “If we chant Krishna’s names purely with love we can.”
“You mean Krishna’s planet.”
“Yup, that’s right.”
And then he said, “Can we go to Premananda Goura’s house everyday and chant?”