Sripad Bhakti Lalita Akinchan Maharaj in Smolensk.
Warm Welcome. Saturday Programme

November 11th, 2006
Smolensk, Russia
Photos by Rama Sundar Prabhu, Sahadev Prabhu
Report by Kundalata dd

Arrival

Praising the exemplary mood of the Smolensk devotees, Sripad B.L. Akinchan Maharaj writes:

Madhav Maharaj and six other devotees are waiting on the platform to welcome us, with garlands. They also have a mridanga and kartals, and we hear the lively kirtan even before we step off the train. People stare incredulously as we walk along the platform and through the car park — at six o'clock in the morning, in the snow! — joyously singing the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Sripad Akinchan Maharaj and Sripad Madhav Maharaj with devotees
at the train station: Rama Sundar Prabhu, Patita Pavan Prabhu,
Gandharvika Devi Dasi and Sahadev Prabhu.

 

Evening Programme

Sripad Madhav Maharaj gives the introductory speech to the assembled guests...

 

... and leads a short kirtan until...

...Sripad Akinchan Maharaj joins the meeting.

 

Sripad Akinchan Maharaj writes about the programme:

Yesterday evening Rama Sundar Prabhu brought about thirty of his compatriots — fellow students from the medical academy — along with him to attend my lecture. I look over the eagerly attentive, bright-faced doctors-to-be, and begin by congratulating them on choosing such a noble profession and praising their altruism and desire to minister to the sick and the suffering, but remind them that to really help mankind they must be able to treat the cause of suffering and disease, not just the symptoms...

 

 

 

...The students ask all sorts of questions about karma and duty, life and death, and the qualifications of a guru and a disciple, and seem satisfied with the answers. The evening ends with a short kirtan, and everybody enjoys a heaping plate of prasadam and a hot cup of kompot (compote) before it's time for the students to return to their campus.

 

 

After prasadam many Indian students, impressed by the lecture, come up
to thank Maharaj for giving them nourishment and inspiration.

 

After the Indian guests left the programme, the local devotees took the chance
to get more association of Sripad Akinchan Maharaj

 


See also:
Arrival and Programme |  Sunday Sankirtana and Nama-Hatta

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