All glories to Sri Guru and Gouranga!
HDG Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj,president acarya os the Sree Caiatnya Gaudiya Matha, arrived today, on flight 061 from Amsterdamn today June 5th, in New York City . He is traveling with his small but dedicated touring party, Bhutabhavana Prabhu, Chidganananda, Ananta Rama, and Sudesh Sharma.
From JFK international airport Srila Maharaj was transported to the home of Mr. Avatar Krishna Sharma, who is hosting him during his New York stay. There was a very nice program at Sri Sharmaji's home tonight which was attended by 30 devotees. Srila Maharaj spoke very wonderful hari katha on the importance of hearing from suddha bhaktas, about the pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krsna. He explained that only by full surrender to the lotus feet of Sri Guru we can learn to understand the principle of one pointed devotion to the Supreme Lord.
A wonderful bhajan and kirtan were lead by the tour devotees and then first class prasadam was served to all the guests. A wonderful start for what should prove to be a very successful and receptive visit.
The rest of the New York itinerary is as follows: His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Gosvami Maharaj Itinerary for Tour 2000 New York
Tuesday 6 P.M.-9 P.M. June: Home of Achyutananda and Magmala devi dasi 83-96 118th St., Apt. 5G tel: 718/805-0526 Kew Gardens,Queens
Wednesday 7 June: 6 PM- 9 PM
Bhaktivedanta Gaudiya Matha --- Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir II
(home of Puru das Adhikari and Jambavati devi dasi ) 61-44 164th St., Flushing, New York 11365 tel: 718/961-7409
(Take #7 train to last stop. Main St. Flushing, transfer to Q-65 bus)
Get off in front of Bus Stop Delhi, walk back one half block, top bell)
Thursday 8 June: Channel 77, Guruji ITV taping,
Evening Program at the Kips Bay Borders Book Store, Manhattan
7:00 PM -9:00 P.M. 576 Second Ave., N.Y. 10016 (32nd & 2nd) 1/212/ 685-3938 Speak to Les Rickford
Friday 9 June: The Sanctuary Interfaith Center 6 P.M.-9 P.M..
25 First Ave, Manhattan one block north of Houston St. tel: 212/ 780-9786
Saturday June 10th 12 Noon-3:30 P.M. Home of Mr. & Mrs. Nandni 67 Corbin Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey tel: 201/216-9468 followed by:
Naga Sankirtan through Jersey City to the Sihidham Mandir at 126 Van Winkle Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey tel: 201/216-9468 Evening Program Pravachar 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
Sunday June 11th : 11:00 A.M.-2 P.M. Shiva Sadhana House of Mr. & Mrs. Purwar
48 10th Lane, Trumbull City CT, tel: 203/ 261-4962 contact Sadhana
3:30 P.M.-5:00 P.M. Middletown Temple
Training Hill Road, Opposite Middlesex Community College tel: 203/ 345-8675
Monday through Wednesday 12, 13 and 14 June
The Hindu Center, Flushing Queens. Evening programs. Location: 45-52 Kissena Blvd. (Holly and Kissena Blvd)
Thursday 15 June: Depart for Seattle. For travel infomration or other information Please contact:
Puru das PuruDas@compuserve 718/ 961-7409 or Champaka-lata devi dasi at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 718/ 850-1896.
Rasaviharidas, Srila Maharaj's secretary, arrived 2 days earlier to help with tour preparations; all is well.
[Originally published 06/08/00 on VNN]