Archive for July, 2007

Jul
30

You’ve been in Ermelo too long then!

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Dear disciples and friends,

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I last wrote about 2 weeks ago, and since then I have mainly been in South Africa. I landed in Johannesburg on July 9th and spent about a week there, staying with my disciple Namacarya and his wife Kaishori and there two wonderful children, Shikar and Yoginee. They are an ideal grhastha family, and I was very comfortable there, recovering from all the traveling, plus doing a programme every night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul
10

This chanting is so powerful you must be over 18 to try it!

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My dear disciples and friends,

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I last wrote on July 1st, when we were about to hold the Palanga Rathayatra festival, on the coast of Lithuania.

The festival went well, although there was quite a lot of rain before it, and there weren’t so many people around. I particularly enjoyed doing the Questions and Answers with Mahadyuti prabhu, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada who used to be Temple President in Soho St, London. He brought with him an old friend of mine, Nrihari prabhu, originally from Congo, but resident for many years in London

Nrihari is a master kirtana leader, and as soon as he got into it the devotees became ecstatic. His style is strong but very sweet and deeply felt, and when he gets going he is surely one of my favourite singers. Arjuna das, a famous musician from Estonia, also led ecstatic kirtana… Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul
01

It was the first time I had seen such an event on my programme!

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Dear disciples and friends,

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

On June 24th we drove from Kemerovo to Tomsk, an uneventful journey of about 3 hours or so. The local leader, Carudesna prabhu, had gone to Moscow for a National Council meeting, and in his place Mother Vijaya Laksmi was trying her best to organize things.

I looked through the printed schedule of my programme and noticed the usual items – morning and evening kirtanas and classes, with darsanas here and there. But something unusual caught my eye. There was an item titled “Fire Sacrifice for the Pregnant Women”!

Yajna for Pregnant Women Bhaktin Sonia distributes prasadam on tomsk harinama With Svarupa Damodara in Tomsk centre Altar in Tomsk centre

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