Sri Krishna Janmashtami in St. Petersburg.
September 4th, 2007
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Pictures sent by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi
Report by Kundalata Devi Dasi.
On September 1st the devotees here in Russia
were blessed by the long-awaited, safe arrival of His Divine Grace Srila
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Saint Petersburg
seva-ashram. Thus began the second part of the annual Vaishnava
festival in Russia.
This festival is a special one for this year devotees celebrate one of the most important days in the Vaishnava calendar — the day of the holy advent of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, the embodiment of the Absolute Beauty and Charm — in the divine association of Srila Gurudeva. "Emporium of all rasas", "Reality the Beautiful", "the Sweet Absolute" — there are so many names given to express the unique enchanting conception of reality that is personified to the extreme in Lord Krishna.
On this auspicious day, when Lord is especially merciful to the fallen souls, I am reminded of these words of His Divine Grace:
There are so many different kinds of processes to satisfy the Lord, we can see different kinds of methods in so many scriptures, but here in Srimad Bhagavatam there is a very good expression given to us. If Lord Himself says, "I like this; do this for My satisfaction," that will be the best for the servitors. And bhagavat-dharma means that when Bhagavan Himself tells us, "I will be satisfied through this method. I will be happy with this type of mood of devotion," then it is very easy for us to understand and easy for us to satisfy the Lord.
For example, if someone likes samosa, and if he himself tells me, "I like samosa, give me two samosas with chatni, and I shall be very happy!" — that will be the best for making him happy. It is like that. And Lord Himself told us, "I like bhakti, I like unconditional surrender, surrendering mood, so try to satisfy Me in this way."
So, today, under the shelter of Srila Gurudeva, devotees
are blessed with an opportunity to learn the science of exclusive surrender
to the Lord by hearing from and pleasing His Divine Agent.
Here are several pictures taken by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi on this holy day:
His Divine Grace and devotees watching a play presented by the Russian devotees.
Devotees' young children acting out one of the pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna.
Srila Gurudeva giving the afternoon class.
Their divine Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madhava Sundarjiu.
His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj.
Srimati Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi (on the left).