His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja reached Melbourne, Australia on the 18th January 2016 after successful preaching in Malaysia and Singapore. His Holiness received a warm welcome by the local devotees and travelled for about 2.5 hours to the Sen Prabhu’s house in Seaton. Once, when Srila Prabhupada went to Africa, on seeing very few Africans in the audience, he asked the preachers, “Where are the Africans? Have I come to Africa to meet the Indians?” Thus Maharaja makes it a point to focus on preaching to the local people of a particular country. So, in evening there was a special program held for a small gathering of the local Australians at Sen Prabhu’s house. Sen prabhu is a local devotee.
On 19th January 2016, Maharaja returned to Melbourne. Maharaja gave a most wonderful evening program at the Melbourne temple and lectured on Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS and lead an ecstatic Kirtan at the end. Maharaja also had a special meeting with the temple Brahmacharis (celibate residential monks). You can watch video of the class here
The next day, Maharaja flew to Brisbane where he stayed at HG Janakaraja Prabhu’s house. That evening Maharaja gave program at ISKCON Brisbane temple.
On the 21st January 2016, Maharaja visited a disciple of HH Tamala Krishna Maharaja and then drove to new Govardhan farm where Maharaja had special meeting with HH Mukunda Maharaja. HH Mukunda Maharaja is one of the first disciples of Srila Prabhupada and he had recently experienced a severe health crisis. After meeting Maharaja, there was another amazing program held at the Govardhan dham temple.
After giving morning Srimad Bhagavatam class at the temple on the 22nd January 2016, Maharaja flew to Blueys beach, the location for the 2016Australian retreat. More than 60 devotees from Australia participated in this three days retreat with Maharaja. The topic for the retreat was “Krishna’s pastimes in Mathura and Dwarka.” In the evening Maharaja gave the introduction class.
Then from the 23rd to the 26th January 2016, Maharaja took all the participants through various pastimes of Krishna in Mathura and Dwarka. Maharaja spoke so profoundly on those pastimes that every devotee was so absorbed in the pastimes not only were they listening but felts as if they were experiencing it as well. There were three sessions daily and in the evening there was beach walks. The last two days of the retreat also had special classes on Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS.
Maharaja also had a special interview session with Roh Singh. Roh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Populis, Australia. Roh has led start-ups and major organisations in Australia. Prior to starting Populis, Roh was based out of BlackBerry’s Asia Headquarters in Singapore. Maharaja had an amazing discussion with him where he asked many questions on soul, the science behind actions and reactions (karma) and Maharaja answered these questions most extraordinarily yet it was easily understandable.
On the 27th January 2016, Maharaja came to Sydney. There Maharaja stayed at HG Satya Maharani Mataji’s house. Mataji is a very enthusiastic preacher in Australia and she organizes many innovative ways to preach Krishna Consciousness to the local people in Australia. The next day Maharaja had a very special and intimate program with the disciples of HH Tamala Krishna Goswami Maharaja. HH Tamala Krishna Maharaja left this world on the 26th January some years ago and he told Maharaja to take care of his disciples. More than 100 devotees attended this program with Maharaja.
The following day, HG Satya Maharani Mataji arranged a program at her house for the local Australian audience, new to the Krishna Consciousness movement. Maharaja spoke these 15 people on the real philosophy behind the “Creation of the Universe.”
In evening, there was another preaching program for the local people at the city’s Govinda’s restaurant.
On 30th January 2016, Roh Singh invited Maharaja for a session at his house on the topic: 12 tools for happiness. Around 20 very influential business leaders discussed their views on this topic and later that evening, Maharaja gave another program at the Sydney temple.
The next day was the last day of Maharaja’s preaching visit to Australia. There was an initiation ceremony where 9 devotees received first initiation and 2 devotees received second initiation. In evening Maharaja left Australia for India via Dubai, continuing his eternal loving service to Srila Prabhupada.