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Thursday, January 15, 2009

SP Pastmes one more

From Gaura Prabhu ACBSP (France)-

When Srila Prabhupada first came to New Mayapura farm community in France and stayed in a chateau he said, "This place is full of ghosts." Actually, devotees living there have already experienced some troubles by these creatures.

The previous owner was very attached to his wife so when she died he was heart-broken. He was so attached to her that he refused to burry her. He placed her body in an air-tight glass coffin and kept her in a chateau's praying chapel. Then he used to come to the chapel and mourn and cry over her dead body every single day. He was so obsessed with her that he neglected the maintenance of his finances so he was forced to sell the property.

When 250 acres of land (mostly forest) with a castle were purchased by ISKCON in 1975 this man was already insane. He left the property along with his wife's body in the chapel and went away. Devotees were shocked to find a dead body in the chateau so they gave her a decent burial somewhere on the farm. That dead body had spent 15 years in the castle! No wonder the "place was full of ghosts".

So Srila Prabhupada gathered a group of devotees and they had a loud kirtana party going to every single room in a castle. SP walked in front of it leading it to every room, banging his cane on the walls. After that there were no more problems with ghosts. :)

As far as the previous owner's story goes... He lived for another 25 years after moving out, well into his old age. He never visited New Mayapur.
Hare Krishna

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