culture and recreational centre
by Sahadev Prabhu, translated by Ashotosh Krishna Prabhu.
accept my dandavat pranam.
July 1st, a night show programme was held in Smolensk's 'Gubernskiy'
culture and recreational centre with followers of Eastern spiritual
traditions participating. Devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math and Iskcon were invited to organise chanting of the Holy
Names. A great importance of such service is in congregational
seva of bhaktas from different missions in service to Sri Guru
and Sri Krishna.
started preparations in advance: everybody changed to Vaisnava
dress, and Gandharvika dd, Bindumati dd and Rai Kishori dd cooked
prasadam. Also some tests came: at first the security didn't
wanted to let all participants come in, deciding that there
were 'too many' of them. But some time later thanks to Vasudev
Prabhu's endeavours, everybody could come in. Before the performance
proper, devotees held a two hour kirttan as a rehearsal. Gramani
Prabhu and Devamrita Prabhu played mridangas, others accompanied
the same hall where kirttan was going on, 'karatekas' were training
and participants of hairstyle and body-art shows were preparing
themselves. Despite initial apprehension, all of them were enlivened
with kirttan, took prasadam and were supporting participants.
Vasudev Prabhu and other devotees preached and spoke about Krishna
consciousness in answer to questions.
only 'veterans' of the Gaudiya Vaisnava movement in Smolensk
(Gramani Prabhu and Devamrita Prabhu of Iskcon; Vasudev Prabhu,
Rai Kishori dd and Gandharvika dd of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat
Math) took part in this action, but also recently joined aspiring
devotees: Anton and Pavel, both 16 years old youths.
performance proper took place in a 'chill-out' place, where
people usually recover from the discotheques. But on this night
they were far from their usual mood. Karatals and mridangas
were playing, and a conch shell thunderously vibrated. Soon
devotees were surrounded with visitors of 'Gubernskiy.' Being
in the light of green lasers, bhaktas ecstatically chanted the
Names of Hari. Both devotees and guests took pictures of Harinama.
Prasadam sweet-balls were served also at that time.
not quite satisfied with static Harinama, Vasudev Prabhu led the
Sankirttan team along the corridors of the Centre. A resounding
echo supported the sound of the karatals, and waves of divine
vibration emanated from the procession. Having sanctified 'Gubernskiy'
with vibrations of the Holy Names, devotees finished kirttan at
the same location where they started: in the rehearsal hall.