All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Russian House Programme in London

with Sripad Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaj

Pictures taken Tuesday 28th June 2005
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Sripad Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaj of Russia, who recently enlivened the London devotees with morning and evening classes at the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math during a week long visit, also gave an informal lecture in Russian and English at a house programme the evening before he returned to Moscow. The gathering was hosted by Gandharvika Didi, a native Russian who invited a number of her Russian speaking friends, coworkers and family members to learn about the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

After answering some general questions about the difference between Iskcon and Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math from a sincere seeker, Sripad Bharati Maharaj continued to answer questions of a more deeply philosophical nature. One issue His Holiness discussed extensively was concerning the soul's inherent need to search for happiness. The devotee, His Holiness advised, seeks happiness with a spirit of dedication and service, for their eternal benefit, whilst the materialist seeks happiness with an exploitative attitude of enjoyment and a desire to control - which can only lead to misery.

Later His Holiness' lecture became more informal, amidst frequent shifts of language and a lively discussion which ensued between devotees and guests.

On the right is Gandharvika Didi, a disciple of Srila Gurudev who hosted the gathering in her beautiful Hampstead home in London.
An attentive listener.
Sripad Bhakti Swarup Tridandi Maharaj attended the gathering later on, and also spoke at length in English about the teachings of our Divine Guardians, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, while Sripad Bharati Maharaj translated into Russian. Kirttan followed, with Dayanidhi Prabhu (pictured) playing the mrdanga.
After the discussion, which continued for over three hours, Lavanya Mayi Didi and Srilekha Didi prepared plates of prasadam for the guests.
Lavanya Mayi Didi, the tireless manager of the London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Guests happily took Mahaprasad.

The London devotees look forward to welcoming Sripad Bharati Maharaj once more in August, when he is expected to visit again.

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