Introducing Saranagati's New Teacher
Posted May 17, 2008
As most do, Luiza came for a weekend visit to beautiful Saranagati and left her heart there as she embarked on her trip back to "the big city".
Bhaktin Luiza hails from the hearty land of Mazury, Poland where she grew up in the small village of Miodowko. At age 8, she moved to Germany with her family and then to various Canadian cities, settling in Vancouver at age 14. This is where she eventually received a BA majoring in English literature and Hispanic studies as well as a Bachelors of Education.
As a very young girl, her father would gather with the other people in the villages and have very sincere and innocent Namahattas where they would discuss the Gita and chant by the fire. It was at this time she was given a copy of a copy of a copy of the 'Radha Krishna Temple' bhajan tape. She would listen to it every night as she would fall asleep.
After a time, her family strayed away from this sadhu-sangha, but she never forgot the tape or the wonderful voice of the woman singing.
Her first visit to the temple in Vancouver, Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohan at New Gokula was in April 2006. This had a profound impact on her as she was finally finding a physical manifestation of something that had been only verbal and in the heart.
That very night, she became a vegetarian and began chanting one round a day.
After a short time of that, the realization of "if you're going to do it, do it right" struck her and thus her commitment to 16 rounds began. She found the time in her engaging studies to do this while on the 3 hour bus ride to and from school. During her stay in Vancouver, she met and requested the shelter of the lotus feet of her Spiritual Master, HH Radhanath Swami.
In Vancouver, Luiza was an enthusiastic member of the Harinam Sankirtan team, active servant of Vancouver's majestic Tulasi Maharani and regular participant in all of the temple programs serving Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohan.
Her first tiny glimpse of the serene Saranagati valley was during Rathayatra 2006 in June. She was very eager to see more of the valley, but was constrained by the travel accomodations of the bus service.
During the summer, my family invited Luiza and her daughter Lila up for the long weekend. It was there and then that she fell in love and realized, as far as the material world goes, she was home.
It was also there that she met the "voice" on the tape which had lulled her to sleep every night when she was a girl in Poland, Yamuna Devi.
Thoughts of living in Saranagati began dancing in her head in a serious way.
To cement this desire, Luiza and Lila became regular participants in most of Saranagati's festivals, such as the Harvest and Winterfests, driving up as often as they could. She was then invited to do a 2 week working vacation at Bhumi farm in 2007.
Stepping off from those visits, the began seriously planning her move to Saranagati for the Summer of '08.
By Lord Krishna's merciful arrangement, and a dash of help from Sarasvati Devi, Bhaktin Luiza was requested to apply for the teaching position in early 2008 at Venables Valley school, right in the heart of Saranagati Valley. Her students are all Vaisnavas and she feels truly blessed to be their teacher with the desire and hope to see the school's continued growth.
As we feel the loss of such an enthusiastic devotee in our midst, it is the good fortune of the residents of Saranagati Valley to call her theirs.