Swami Tripurari spent the entire month of June at his project Madhuvana, in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. June is the beginning of the rainy season in Madhuvana and the weather is hot and humid during the day, with frequent relief from showers falling from the sky. Life abounds in the jungle this time of year with thick green forests, creeping vines, abundant wildlife, colorful reptiles, and fascinating insects. The growing season is also in full swing and the Madhuvana monks have been working diligently in the gardens planting rice, black, red, pinto, and mung beans in the terraced hills. An amazing variety of fruits are weighing down the trees and littering the ground. A yield of almost twenty varieties of fruit is available from Madhuvana trees, including mango, avocado, papaya, starfruit, and guanabana. Scores of coconut and banana trees have been planted for decoration as well as harvest. Alongside the agricultural work, the construction of new buildings is going on full swing. Three brand new cabins housed their first guests and the accommodations were praised by all. These and future cabins are being developed to eventually house guests for yoga retreats. Another inspiring project currently under development is a pool at the base of Madhuvana’s 100-foot waterfall. Local labor is being employed to clear brush and bring in rock to develop a wall. This pool will be a beautiful addition to the natural landscape and offer refreshing spring water swims to the residents and guests.
The sadhana programs at Madhuvana are exceptional. The devotees stay very absorbed in the study of several books with a reading from Harinama-Cintamani every morning, and evening classes on Srimad-Bhagavatam given by Swami Tripurari, as well as classes by the monastic residents on Bhagavad Gita, Sri Siksastakam, and Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindhu. A wonderfully designed liturgy guides the kirtana meditation of the devotees through names and lila of the beloved deities Sri Sri Dauji-Gopala. Additionally, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s song of meditation on the daily lila of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu follows the residents throughout their daily services. Sri Sri Dauji-Gopala are well taken care of with daily seva-puja and opulent dressing by their devoted servants.
Never far from the caretaking of cows, Swami spent much time in Madhuvana’s gosala to monitor the pregnancy of Amrita, one of the Jersey cows. Amrita took the devotees on a roller coaster ride of emotions as she labored for several days with consultation of several local “experts” who at one point suggested that the unborn calf might be dead. Several hours later Swami was delighted as the calf began kicking again. In her own sweet time, Amrita finally progressed into active labor and a beautiful bull was born which Swami named Gundica after the holiday on which he was born – Gundica Marjana.
Philosophically, Swami spent much of his time contemplating the concept of anadi-karma which our sastra and sastra-gurus present as the “original position” of the jiva. To this end, Swami has written an article which was recently posted on the Harmonist website.
The rest of the summer will be busy as Swami travels from Audarya to Bhaktivana, Kansas for a short visit, and then on to Poland for a week-long festival there. Follow his classes through the audio section of this website.