All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Harinama-Sankirtana in Zaporozhye,
the Ukraine

May 12, 2006
Pictures, report by Swarup Prabhu


By the grace of Srila Gurudev the day before Nrsimha-caturdasi an idea to celebrate the Divine Holiday of Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimha chanting the Holy Names along the Lenin avenue occured to Yudheswari Devi Dasi.

Nagar-sankirtana took place despite the fact that for many bhaktas Friday was a workday, and in spite of materialistic arguments of our minds that "rejects the path of devotion" and painstakingly try to deviate the soul from its natural position of the servitorship and from glorifying the Lord. Owing to the constant invisible support from Guru, Vaisnavas and the Lord Himself we were able to held Nagar-sankirtan. The devotees were especially enthusiastic, because they had heard about enchanting relationships between Prahlad Maharaj and Sri Nrsimhadev, and thus were sure that, no matter what, the Supreme Lord will protect and give them shelter.

By the grace of our Srila Gurudev, Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj one more day in our lives has passed with (however selfish it may sound) a true benefit for ourselves. Srila Sridhar Maharaj teaches us that this idle body and thus everything connected with it will vanish one day. Only faith remains with the soul after the demolition of the physical form. So what each of us needs is to cultivate that seed of bhakti, that is struggling through the layer of our false ego, that fully wrapped our heart. The seed of divine love, that was gracefully implanted by Srila Gurudeva, needs the care, that consists of listening about the glories of Lord, glorifying Him, remembering about His pastimes and serving to Him.

Dear devotees, please accept from the Zaporozhye-yatra our lowest
obeisances and congratulations with the Divine Appearance Day
of Sri Nrsimhadev and with the Disappearance Day of Srila
Parameswari das Thakur and with the Appearances
of Srila Srinivass Acharya and Lord Buddha!


Devotees inspiring each other before the sankirtan
Upper row: Ananta Rupa Prabhu, Gandharva Devi Dasi
Yudheswari Devi Dasi and Gopi Iswar Prabhu.
Swarup Prabhu -- sitting. The photo was taken
by a fortumate passerby whom devotees gave in
response some prasadam
Yudheswari Devi Dasi and Gopi Iswar Prabhu
are always full of enthusiasm to perform
all kinds of sankirtana.
Warming up in a sunny park "Shevchenko Boulevard"
Gopi Iswar Prabhu, former experienced singer
to the accompaniment of the guitar,
was leading the kirtan.
Behind everybody is Gandharvika Devi Dasi -- instead of taking
rest after a hard workday in the Local Ministry of Emergent
Cases, she asked permission to leave so that she could
happily join our sankirtana party.

Jaya Zaporozhye-yatra ki jaya!
Jaya Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jaya!


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