Dear friends welcome to Goloka radio this is Antony Brennan reporting
As you can hear in the background uproarious scenes are breaking out here in the Goloka arrival hall. This is like nothing I have ever seen here before in an eternity of bringing you reports of events in Goloka.
The high energy Kirtan has been playing for hours and it does not look like it will abate any time soon. Devotees are dancing, jumping and spinning. Visnujana Swami got here early to kick things off and his mrdanga has not stopped since.
We are here celebrating because today is the day that the Senapati Bhakta arrives on the Planet of Goloka. That’s right everyone, today A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada will soon be here amongst us, it will not be long now.
Their Lordships Radha and Krishna arrived just a few moments ago to welcome Prabhupada back to Godhead. While Their personal assistants were leading Them to the thrones so we could adore Them and take Darsan They instead decided to join the dance in what I can only describe as a stunning display of attractiveness.
Just now Their Lordships are heading for the thrones and that roaring you can hear is the crowd responding to Lord Krishna. As He turned to sit He threw his hands in the air and called: “Jaya Jaya Prabhupada!” I tell you friends it made the hair on my neck stand up. I can’t remember the last time Lord Sri Krishna was so happy at arrival festival.
Now, as you can hear behind me, the anticipation is driving the crowd into an ecstatic frenzy, but reports are coming in that there is a somber mood amongst the devotees on the Earth Planet as they prepare to lose the physical presence of Prabhupada’s earthly embodiment and we are sending our love and support to them at this time.
Right now down on earth there is ecstatic Kirtan and chanting much as there is here, but as I say the mood there could not be more different compared with the mood here at the Goloka reception hall where we are reporting from live today. Srila Prabhupada is so fortunate to have these devotees with him, at this difficult time, to tend lovingly to the body that he will soon leave behind.
Just yesterday Lord Krishna was telling us that the Earth has not seen such fortune as the presence of Srila Prabhupada has brought it for at least 500 years since The Lord Himself visited in the form of the Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya. Krishna reminded us that it’s not that there haven’t been any great saints appear during that time but this A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami built a foundation that will last for 10,000 years, he ushered in the golden age of Krishna Consciousness and set the scene for the fulfillment of the ‘Every town and village’ directive.
Friends, when Lord Krishna spoke to us yesterday he positively glowed like a thousand suns and he clearly relished telling us the story of Prabhupada’s world mission. “This one brought My name to a global audience; this one built temples to worship My deity on every single Earth continent; this one amplified globally My Sankirtan movement; this one brought so many Jivas back to conscious awareness.” Krishna said. “Mark My words the Earth Planet has only seen a small glimpse of the effect of the presence of this one,” Krishna added. “Just wait until the full effect takes hold then we will truelly see some glory there.”
Well that was at lunchtime yesterday and here today we are ready to receive “Swamiji” into the whorl of the lotus of Goloka itself, into the loving heart of Lord Sri Krishna.
A flower fall just started, and the smallest sweetest smelling flowers are gently drifting down onto us, I can see Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura also here at the front of the crowd near the arrival dias and he has a garland for Prabhupada.
On Her throne Srimati Radharani is holding up Her right hand and from Her the waves of mercy and benevolence are flowing thick in the air. Lord Krishna has taken up his flute and our hearts are melting at the sweet, sweet, sound. The arrival dias is glowing, friends this is it, this is it! Everyone here is choked with emotion, myself I can hardly speak. The light on the arrival dais is shimmering, friends this is the moment we have been waiting for, another great Jiva comes home , the greatest general in the army of Lord Sri Krishna is arriving.
Friends Krishna is standing up, his arms raised, the entire planet of Goloka is chanting Om, the soil, the birds, the cows, and the trees are chanting. The arrived dias is blazing like a sun and Prabhupada is beginning to appear. Here he is, here he is, he is here amongst us!
I can see Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has garlanded Prabhupada. Friends you wont believe it Lord krishna has rushed from the throne across to the dias and He is hugging Prabhupada, He is hugging him, He is dancing with him. Sweet flowers are falling wave after wave, the Ghandarvikas have appeared and they are singing the most beautiful tasting song, you are hearing the crowd chanting Jaya Jaya Prabhupada, you are hearing the tumult of incredible celebration and heartfelt joy. I can hardly describe it in words. Prabhupada is here in Goloka, Prabhupada is here.
That chant you can hear now is the entire crowd chanting in unison “welcome home, welcome home,” to which Srila Prabhupada quietly replied “Oh, so this is going on here in Goloka.”
Krishna is leading Prabhupada round the crowd, introducing him to everyone, the sound of joy and celebrating is like something I have never heard, and.. Oh here they come friends… Here they come toward the microphone… Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to your service, please tell all our listeners, how do you feel, what is it like to come home, just a few words… “Oh I see, well….. It’s very nice, thank you very much”
Such a great scene is playing out here as Srimati Radharani and Lord Krishna take Srila Prabhupada out of the reception hall to see Goloka in all its glory. The Kirtan party are following as you can hear the sound behind me, the chanting, the dancing is fabulous. Our hearts are filled, this has been such a satisfying event. We will return you to your normal program in a moment but thanks for tuning in, thanks for listening, thanks for being part of such a wonderful event here on Planet Goloka, where every word is a song and where every step is a dance. Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay! Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay! Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay!