“I Could Live Here!”
Posted April 8, 2010
For me, it is easy to forget how impressive New Vrindaban is. Seeing it through the eyes of our guests, however, helps me appreciate the opulence Krishna has provided.
On Wednesday, a group of twelve full-time employees from Grand Vue Park (Moundsville, WV) visited New Vrindaban. They toured all of the main guest facilities – Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, Small Farm Training Center, goshalla, temple room, and the twin lakes. In addition, they looked inside one of the temple guest rooms and inside one of the cabins.
The park employees were awestruck by many of the things that I take for granted. For example, a few people were actually envious of the lakes. They kept saying, “Don’t you wish we had a lake like that at the park? We could have swans and ducks too!”
They were even more impressed by the swan boat. After I told them about the weekly “swan boat festivals” during the summer, the park manager repeated two or three times in disbelief, “You have fireworks here?!”
After passing the lakes, we walked along the road by the cabins. They appreciated the natural beauty of the wooded area. Seeing the winter storm damage, one of the men remarked, “This looks just like the park. We have a lot of trees down this year too.”
The cabins were a big, big hit. The park has nine cabins that it rents out. Every year, Malati rents all nine for Festival of Inspiration (May 7 – 9, 2010). The park employees, however, found the cabins in New Vrindaban especially impressive. After looking inside one of them, one lady remarked, “I could live here!”
The park employees spent nearly two hours in New Vrindaban. When I met first met the group at the Palace upon their arrival, I asked how many of them had visited New Vrindaban before. Only a few raised their hands. Many of them seemed reserved, perhaps even a bit wary.
At the end of the tour, however, as I walked the group back up the Palace where their vehicles were parked, they asked me openly about New Vrindaban’s history. They asked questions about Kirtanananda, whether the printing presses are still operating, etc. They were not angry or hostile. Rather, they were simply curious and/or confused. In fact, one man who had been employed in New Vrindaban for eight years kept asking me about some of his old friends.
These were all local people, so naturally they had heard all the rumors. Nonetheless, they were still trying to understand “what really happened.” I answered the questions to the best of my ability. At the end, most of them shook my hand and told me they were glad they had visited New Vrindaban.
Krishna’s name WILL be chanted in every town and village – it is simply a matter of time!