By the way, as well as teaching cooking here in Belgium, I gave a 5-day course from my biographical work, "The Great Transcendental Adventure". The classes were well-attended.
Here's a course description:
Kurma Dasa's 'Lessons from "The Great Transcendental Adventure - Pastimes of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami in Australia and New Zealand"'.
While in Europe this June-July, Kurma Dasa will conduct seminars based on his highly-acclaimed 700-page book about Srila Prabhupada in Australia.
Srila Prabhupada has written:
"As the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Lord are pleasing to hear, hearing about His devotees, who are very dear to the Supreme Person, is also pleasing and potent. If one simply reads over and over again about such pastimes, one can attain the highest perfection of life in any way he desires; most importantly, he gets the chance to become a great devotee. To become a great devotee means to finish all miserable conditions of materialistic life."
The extraordinary details of the life of Srila Prabhupada are an important and absorbing subject. Not only are they enjoyable and uplifting, but they are also tangible proof of the existence of spiritual reality and love of God.
Prabhupada visited Australia six times and New Zealand three times between 1971 and 1976, staying a total of eighty days. Srila Prabhupada personally installed the three sets of Deities now worshiped in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
In the cool early morning hours, Srila Prabhupada took a total of seventy-five morning walks at fifteen different parks, gardens and beaches around Australia and New Zealand. He gave a total of sixty-eight morning and evening classes there on Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita and Sri Caitanya Caritamrita.
Srila Prabhupada was eager to speak to whomever would hear his message. Many guests heard from Srila Prabhupada in his various rooms around the yatra. These people included a bishop, priests, reporters, monks, scientists, politicians, trade union leaders, mothers and fathers of devotees, journalists, surfers, writers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, students, members of the Indian community, initiated, aspirant and wayward disciples.
Srila Prabhupada spoke at twenty public speaking engagements in Australia and New Zealand, including universities, schools, TV stations, monasteries, town halls, chapels, hotels, an art gallery, Indian community halls, and theatres.
While in Australia and New Zealand Srila Prabhupada also worked on his translation and commentaries to Srimad Bahavatam, cantos 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and Sri Caitanya Caritamrita. He completed the preface to his “Bhagavad-gita As It Is” in Sydney on May 12, 1971.
Srila Prabhupada danced at the 1974 Melbourne Ratha-yatra Festival, gave eight press conferences, presided over eleven fire yajnas and initiated over two hundred disciples in Australia and New Zealand.
Prabhupada’s personal life created an astounding and permanent impression on this Southernmost continent.
Join Kurma Dasa as he lectures on those amazing and exemplary South Seas pastimes: the establishment, nourishment and maintenance of Srila Prabhupada's International Society for Krsna Consciousness in Australia and New Zealand — the “great transcendental adventure”.
Posted by Kurma on 10/7/05; 2:01:24 AM
from the Travel dept.