By Kaunteya Das
As a young 18 year old I left Belfast with £50 and a dream to hitch hike around the world. On the way I discovered India and her Holy sadhus at the 1965 Kumbha Mela. Life has never been the same since. Forty years later I returned to work in Belfast and there was Lord Jaganath riding on His cart through the streets of beautiful Belfast city. What a treat.
In 1980 I had made a 16mm film about the Rathyatra in Calcutta and completed all the post production here in Ireland. There was a special loving feeling as I approached Lord Jaganaths cart. I knew that something special was about to happen. I was about to take hold of His rope and start pulling. It was simply an action of pure joy. I was alone in my thoughts no one at the Rathyatra knew me except Their Lordships.
That young boy who left Ireland all those years ago had come home and there to greet him was Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jaganatha. I wondered at the thought of what it will really be like to actually go Back Home…Bact to Godhead. I had experienced a little taste that day and I can surely say, it is very very sweet.
All Glories to Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupad.