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Russian Reflections

Indradyumna Swami led ecstatic kirtan at the Sadhu Sanga Festival in Russia near the Black Sea last week, where six thousand devotees danced, chanted and heard with absorption the sweetness of the Holy Name!! Click on the video below to experience the ecstasy!

Sept. 15th, 2019

by Rukmini Walker

“Truth can walk the world unarmed.” ~ A Bedouin proverb

My husband and I returned from Russia a few days ago after a visit of about two weeks. At a Sadhu Sanga Festival near the Black Sea, six thousand devotees danced, chanted and heard with absorption the sweetness of the Holy Name, along with a discussion each morning of the beautiful Srimad (Srimad means beautiful) Bhagavatam.

At the top of this blog is a link to a short clip of a beautiful kirtan accompanied by the mesmerized kirtan dancers. We danced and lifted our arms in kirtan with inspired devotees from faraway places whose names I’ve only heard in storybooks – the Ural Mountains, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Kazakhstan and Siberia. Repressive governments of the past were not able to prohibit the Holy Name of Krsna from slipping through porous borders and fiercely guarded checkpoints.

The innumerable Holy Names of God exist in every culture, in every religion, and pass through state lines where no such faith is allowed – appearing just to give solace to every crying human heart.

‘Desiring to bless all living beings, this sweet name of Krsna has descended to this material universe and shines like the sun in the sky of the heart, destroying the darkness of ignorance.’ ~ Bhaktivinoda Thakur 

Wherever we may live in this world, our national identities are fleeting and temporary. Drink deeply of the sweet nectar of the many Holy Names of God!

A truth beyond all that is unreal.

All the best,

Rukmini Walker