Surabhi Kunja. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srila Prabhupad and all the gurus in the parampara. Welcome to Surabhi kunja! This was the favorite place of Bhakti Vinod Thakur and his family members owned it at one time. They sold it to the Gaudiya Matth who is now in possession. They are good friends with us and we are very happy to use their temple as our resting place and a place where we can speak about the glories of Godrumdvip. You have been in Godrumdvip now for a day and a half. This is the island of chanting, of kirtan. And so we hope that you have had a blissful kirtan. This is the place where Lord Nityananda had His headquarters. He started the namahatta here and it was reestablished by Bhakti Vinod Thakur, at this place. Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupad, he also gave in his final instruction, how namahatta should be utilized. But no one in the Gaudiya Matth has started namahatta again, as far as I know. We got the blessings from Srila Prabhupad’s god brothers and indirectly from Prabhupad also, because he was the editor of the Gaudiya Patrika. And in that Patrika there is a Godruma Kalpatavi which explains the working of namahatta. So Bhakti Vinod Thakur took the position of a sweeper. Sweeper, normally, is a low class job, but everything in Namahatta, everything in the service of Lord Caitanya has a transcendental meaning. So sweeper means, he would get the news what is going on, by cleaning up the papers flying here and there, and he would also keep the market of the holy name clean. That means, free of contamination from apa sampradayas, deviant sampradayas. So ISKCON is blessed by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, that we have restarted the namahatta movement and there are thousands of namahattas all over the world. So here before this temple was constructed, we used to roll in the dust because Lord Nityananda and His associates would do kirtan here. But now there are not many places to roll! I hope you have rolled in Gaur dhah and got some of the dust there. Also here you can see the Surabhi cow, if you have transcendental vision! Ha! She lives here and she comes from the spiritual world. She is giving milk to some rare devotees. I hope that you all hear some glories of Bhakti Vinod Thakur, of namahatta and Lord Nityananda, of Surabhi and of Gaura Kishoredas babaji, Anantadas babaji and others. Haribol!
Your servant Jayapataka Swami
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
09 March 2019