Prema devi dasi
|| Re: World Tour
« Reply #7 on: Aug 6th,
2002, 6:23pm »
All Glories to Sri Guru & Gauranga!!
Well, here I am in Russia. It took awhile to get on
the internet. We are in the city and I stopped in an
internet cafe. It is quite amazing here! I am overwhelmed.
The devotees here are out of sight, I mean they are
so hard working and enthusiastic. The temple is outrageous
and Gurudeva seems so happy! According to Vidura, the
progress is quite remarkable from his last visit. Yesterday
we had Maha Sankirtana in the downtown of St Petersburg
and there were about 70 of us, including little Mahaprabhu.
Can't even fathom that I'd ever be in Russia, let alone
doing sankirtana. Tirtha Maharaj and Acharya Maharaja
are the sankirtana leaders and very inspiring. Today
we went on a boat ride through the canals and had sankirtana
also. I didn't think St Petersburg was as big as it
is. There are 300 canals throughout the city. Gurudeva
spoke at a program last night at this old library. It
was quite a turnout. He spoke for one hour straight.
The other day was some program at an old ISKCON temple
and many people came. There were sitar players, Indian
dancers and then Gurudeva spoke, followed by another
large kirtana. 25 people took initation yesterday and
a handful more today!! The Russian devotees work so
hard. I must say, at times it is difficult to get any
seva because EVERYONE wants to do. The Russians are
so austere too. They have been sleeping in tents, on
the temple floor, in rooms with 15-20 other people while
we have dorm like rooms and take prasadam with Gurudeva.
They don't want us doing anything for them, however
today, I went and forced my way into serving them lunch
All the western devotees are doing well and doing seva
and being blissed out by Gurudeva and the other Maharajas.
The kirtans and arotiks have been ecstatic and the deities
are so beautiful.
It seems that Gurudeva is resting well and He just seems
so happy with everything here (not like I can read His
mind or anything, just my humble observation).
I will try and write as often as I get to town.
Dundavats to you all.
~ Tunga Prema devi dasi