他的脸是平静安详的，但是每一个迹象表明他在专注聆听圣名，当他在唱颂——哈瑞 奎师那 哈瑞 奎师那 奎师那 奎师那 哈瑞 哈瑞 哈瑞 / 茹阿玛 哈瑞 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 哈瑞 哈瑞——他的舌头卷曲在口中而嘴唇呈圆形在转动。他似乎从头至尾小心地咀嚼，尽情享受品尝着什么美味佳肴。
巴克提·阿南达·奎师那·哥斯瓦米 克依 佳呀，莫斯科地区 克依 佳呀，哈瑞 纳玛 桑克依尔坦 雅格亚 克依 佳呀！！
波罗的海音乐节已经结束。我们来到立陶宛考纳斯市。明天05:20我们乘坐飞机去斯德哥尔摩（瑞典首都）连接挪威的特罗姆瑟港口城市，然后去郎伊尔市。我们将和北极熊举行两天的佳帕静修...在极地山脉长途步行。来自莫斯科的丹尼斯和斯维塔将加入我们。如果你们看见任何北极熊尽情享用一位老年斯瓦米的新闻消息，你们就能够知道它们一定唱过了“玛哈 普萨达姆 哥文得” ！！哈瑞奎师那并从考纳斯祝大家晚安。
今天，泰佳斯帕布，我的第一任庙长，印度的一位先驱传教士，一位多年的朋友，正在密西西比州的新塔拉宛附近某地进行心脏手术。允许我谦卑地请求我的朋友们向主奎师那供奉许多祷文看管和照顾这位施瑞拉·帕布帕德的优秀年老和高级资深的门徒。除此之外...他开创了他为奎师那烹饪的学科。结果施瑞·茹阿戴总是在厨房指导着泰佳斯的手...愿她今天在手术期间引领外科医生的手以至于一切都完美成功。泰佳斯帕布 克依 佳呀！！
哈瑞 奎师那 哈瑞 奎师那 奎师那 奎师那 哈瑞 哈瑞
哈瑞 茹阿玛 哈瑞 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 哈瑞 哈瑞
夏玛拉帕布 克依 佳呀！！
“tadera carana-sebi-bhakta-sane bas, janame janame hoy ei abhilas。”我唯一的愿望是我生生世世能够服务这些外士那瓦。
昨天一群老朋友和夏玛拉帕布及他的家人一起沿着德班海滨地区散步。午餐后我们在苏尼尔·莫汉家休息了一会儿然后在施瑞· 施瑞· 茹阿达· 茹阿达纳塔庙宇参加高茹阿·阿尔提。我唱颂了主尼星哈祷文然后是哈瑞奎师那，后来夏玛拉接着克依尔坦。他带着充满坚强，稳定和奉献的嗓音歌唱...卡尔塔斯（乐器）伴奏保持着完美的节拍。我们晚上八点钟结束然后回家。
哈瑞 奎师那 哈瑞 奎师那 奎师那 奎师那 哈瑞 哈瑞
哈瑞 茹阿玛 哈瑞 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 茹阿玛 哈瑞 哈瑞
夏玛拉帕布 克依 佳呀！！
Good Bye to the wonderful devotees of Saratov who have kindly hosted us for the past few days. There was a wonderful Rathayatra on Sunday and a packed house public program last night. My greatest thanks to all the devotees involved. Now .... into the Red Mazda for another 7 or 8 hours on the road to Samara. Hare Krishna !!
Srila Prabhupada Speaks ...
The process of meditating on the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead within oneself and the process of chanting the glories or pastimes of the Lord are the same. There is no difference. This is called advaya-jnana: no difference, absolute. Either you chant, hear, or you try to see within your heart the Supreme Lord—the same thing.
The only difference is that hearing and fixing the mind on the pastimes of the Lord is easier than visualizing the form of the Lord within one's heart, because as soon as one begins to think of the Lord, especially in this age, the mind becomes disturbed, and due to so much agitation, the process of seeing the Lord within the mind is interrupted.
Suppose one is big businessman. He is always thinking of his business, how to sell this, how to purchase that. His mind is absorbed with these things. So if he sits down to meditate upon the Lord, it will not be possible. It will not be possible. His mind will be disturbed, and he will think of his business transaction. So that is natural.
But if you chant Hare Krishna loudly, you will be forced to hear "Krishna" and that Krishna immediately comes within your mind by force.
So it is better process than sit down and think of Krishna.
I have arrived at the site of the Grushinski Festival, a three day folk music festival on the banks of the Volga. The Samara devotees have created a nice here and we'll be doing lots of Kirtan in our camp and Harinama throughout the festival area. Hare Krishna from the Grushinski !!
Chanted till midnight, sat with Rati and Akincana sharing stories of our human rights campaigns post-Kazakh crisis time. Met so many good souls. 2 AM and bards are still singing. Goodnight from Grushinski.
Went to bed at 2 AM ... Ultra-zealous Siberian devotional matajis cleaning the tent next door kills the sleep at 06:00. Blessed be the devotion of the Siberian matajis ... Cursed be the sleep.
Slept at 03:00 .. Awoke at 06:00 .. Flew from Samara at 12:00 .. Flew from Moscow at 18:00 .. Waiting in Amsterdam for a flight to Leeds, UK. Somehow this reminds me of a song from when I was a kid ... "purple haze is in my brain ..."
This morning I attended the graduation ceremony at the University of Leeds, at which time Premanjali Devi dasi from Mauritius received her degree of Doctor Of Philosophy. May I humbly request my friends to convey their kind vaisnava blessings and good wishes upon Premanjali. She is the daughter of Dr. Rajkomar ... Murari Gupta prabhu. This completes her 9 years of intensive study in Leeds. Soon she will be returning to Mauritius. Hare Krishna and congratulations Premanjali !!
Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Tejiyas dasa sent me this remembrance, and I thought to share it with you. –Giriraj Swami1
Srila Prabhupada visited the Hyderabad farm for two weeks during December 1976. He had a lot of hope for the project and had assigned three managing trustees—Mahamsa Swami, Hamsaduta Swami, and myself—to get it going. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication, paranoia, and a desire for control, there were big misunderstandings building up between Mahamsa Swami and the two of us.
One day, looking for solace, direction, and inspiration, we all—separately but at the same exact moment—reached the door to Srila Prabhupada’s room. When we entered, we were astounded by what we saw: The sun was shining through the window, bathing Srila Prabhupada with golden-white rays. His eyes were firmly closed but without strain or tightness. He sat upright behind his desk, on his cushion, his right hand in his bead bag. You could see how attentively he was fingering the beads, and you could hear their clacking as he rubbed them between his fingers. You could even see the bag’s cloth rustling around them. His face was serene, but there was every indication that he was fixed in hearing the holy name. As he chanted—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—his tongue rolled in his mouth and his lips moved in a circle. He seemed to be tasting something delicious, chewing it with care to savor every bit. His chanting was quite distinct; the words were clear and articulate, and he pressed down on each syllable. His head swung slightly side to side with a bit of an up-and-down movement.
Simultaneously, all three of us thrust our hands into our bead bags and joined His Divine Grace in japa. At least for the moment, we were united and transcendent to our differences. Together, as brothers, we watched him with wide-open eyes, delighting in this rare vision. After some time, Srila Prabhupada opened his eyes for a moment and without moving his head looked gently but seriously at us, one after the other, and pronounced, “Just go on chanting and all your problems will be solved.”
Have arrived in Moscow in torrential rain !! Very weird summer !!
We just had an amazing experience ... And I mean Amazing!!
Two cruise ships, filled with approximately 2,500 guests and devotees went for a night kirtan cruise on the Moscow River.
The ship I was on had at least 1,500 devotees and guests, probably half guests and half devotees. We started chanting around 21:30 and I finished singing at 01:00. The boats will continue sailing till 05:00.
This was the amazing initiative of Bhakti Ananda Krishna Goswami Maharaja of Moscow. Bhakti Ananda Krishna Goswami Ki Jai, Moscow Yatra Ki Jai, Hari Nama Sankirtan Yajna Ki Jai !!
On Aeroflot 2108 to Vilnius, soon to relish very wonderful sadhu sanga at the Baltic Summer Festival. Bye Bye for the time being to great devotees of the Russian Yatra. Bolshoi Spasibo for all your kind attention and warm Russian Hospitality ... Especially bye bye to our hosts Denis and Sweta, thank you, and see you soon !!
Reached Lithuania yesterday evening. Staying in a beautiful place called "Simboly" ... sort of a Svarga-Loka styled place. Will have kirtan tonight and I think all seminars and kirtans are being broadcast on Mayapur.TV ... Hare Krishna !!
The Baltic festival has concluded. We have come to Kaunas, Lithuania. Tomorrow at 05:20 we have a flight to Stockholm, connecting to Tromso, Norway, then to Longyearbyen. We'll have a two day japa retreat with the polar bears ... taking long walks in Polar Mountains. We'll be joined by Denis and Sweta from Moscow. If you see any news updates of polar bears feasting on an old Swami you can know they must have chanted "Maha Prasade Govinde" !! Hare Krishna and goodnight from Kaunas.
Today I walked and chanted for many hours. I was well bundled against chill and wind ... and low and behold, even the skies cleared and I could see polar mountains. But unfortunately, no polar bears. I did regularly get attacked by Arctic Terns. They fly down from the Polar Icepack to Svalbard in June, mate, lay eggs, hatch the chicks, and fly off to the icepack by September. If you are not careful they will peck a hole right in your head !! Today was long walking, chanting, and quite peaceful. Actually saw many types of Arctic birds down here for the mating season ... but alas, no polar bears !!
Dear Friends ... Remember a few months back I reported how one of my dear god-brothers, Shymlal Prabhu, from South Africa was taken to the hospital following a terrible seizure. Well, he seemed to bounce back from that but his short term memory has been fading. Yesterday he was readmitted to the hospital for further testing. I have spoken to him and he is humbly begging all vaisnavas to forgive him if he has committed any offences and he is humbly requesting that all devotees please pray for him that he can continue service. My humble request is that all of you please pray for Shyamlal ... he is a wonderful vaisnava ... a wonderful friend ... a wonderful father and husband for his family. I always have told Shyamlal that if I take birth again I want him as my father because he has been a super father for his family. Everyone ... Please ... Pray Pray Pray !!
Today, Tejiyas prabhu, my first temple president, a pioneer preacher in India, a friend for many years, is having open heart surgery somewhere near New Talavan in Mississippi. May I humble request my friends to offer many prayers to Lord Krishna to watch over and care for this wonderful, very old and senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Among other things ... he initiated he into the science of cooking for Krishna. As Sri Radhe has always guided Tejiyas prabhu's hand in the kitchen ... may she guide the surgeon's hand today that all will be perfectly successful during the operation. Tejiyas prabhu ki Jai !!
I have just received news that Shyamlal Prabhu has been moved from the operating theatre and is now in ICU. May I humbly request all of you to continue in your prayers for his well-being.
Thank you all ...
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Dear Friends, Please offering prayers for Shyamlal Prabhu.
His biopsy has shown that he has a very large and aggressive brain tumour.
We visited the oncologist with Shymalal yesterday and the doctor was startled that a person with such a large tumour is as healthy as Shyamlal is ... and that the primary abnormality is his loss of short term memory.
She said that there is definitely "divine intervention" taking place.
Shyamlal prabhu is scheduled to begin radiation therapy and chemo therapy next Monday. Hopefully this may slow and shrink the growth of the tumour and hopefully allow him to spend a few more days among us.
He was born in Nabadwipa and joined ISKCON at 17 years of age. As he was such a youngster among of many Americans at that era of ISKCON in India ... Srila Prabhupada would often call Shyamlal to his room and tell him,
"Never worry, I will always take personal care of you"
All of you please say a prayer to Srila Prabhupada that he continue with his personal care to Shyamlal Prabhu during this time of his illness.
Shyamlal has also told me that his only desire is to serve Srila Prabhupada and the vaisnavas birth after birth, and, he continues to request all vaisnavas to forgive him if he has ever committed any offences to their feet.
Shyamlal Prabhu Ki Jai !!
PS ... His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami is arriving tomorrow to visit Shyamlal for a few days before returning to Siberia, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami will arrive on Monday morning for a few days, and His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami will arrive on Thursday.
Shyamlal begins his therapy on Monday. He will receive radiation to the brain and chemo. Everyone please keep Shyamlal and his family in your prayers.
Yesterday we had lunch with Shyamlal prabhu and in the evening we had kirtan at his home. His mood is very positive and about all he thinks about is the chance for his daughter in the USA to hurry home to be with him. We'll have kirtan at home again today. Everyone please keep Shyamlal and his family in your prayers.
“tadera carana-sebi-bhakta-sane bas, janame janame hoy ei abhilas" My only desire is that birth after birth I may serve these vaisnavas...
HH BB Govinda Swami is the king of friends. The perfect friend. Last night's program was a combination of heartbreak and joy. I felt changed. Left changed. I pray I can imbibe his mood of friendship and love.
Yesterday a group of old friends took a walk along the Durban beachfront with Shyamlal prabhu and his family.
After lunch at Sunil Mohan's house we had some rest and then attended the Gaura Arati at Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple. I sang the Nrsingha prayers and then Hare Krishna, and Shyamlal then took over the kirtan. He sang with a strong, steady, devotion filled voice ... keeping perfect ti...me with the kartals. We ended at eight pm and returned home.
His brain radiation therapy and chemo therapy begin today.
May I humbly request all of my friends to continue with their prayers for Shyamlal prabhu and his family.
This morning HH Indradyumna Swami arrives to visit with Shyamlal prabhu and his family for a few day.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Today Shyamlal shaved up for his treatment ... It was the first time his wife had ever seen him with a shaved head :)
Shyamlal, Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Ram Govinda Swami, I, and a cast of around 20 devotees entered the radiology department of Parklands Hospital to see what the day had in store.
Shyamlal was fitted with a thermo-plastic mask to keep his head in place when his radiation treatment ...begins. When the therapist asked him if he had any allergies, Shyamlal looked up and said, "I have one big allergy ... I am always allergic to offending vaisnavas."
After his mask was fit he underwent a brain scan.
It will be a few days till his therapy actually begins. Everyone please keep him and his family in your prayers.
HH Indradyumna Swami and Gaura Shakti arrived. WE all had lunch together and Shyamlal returned home. Tonight HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and HH Indradyumna Swami will have kirtan at Shyamlal Prabhu's home.
I sadly must leave Durban tonight and I'm a bit torn to leave Shyamlal's association. When I told him I am leaving he expressed his great love and thanks ... and told me to go and preach Srila Prabhupada's movement.
Shyamlal Prabhu Ki Jai !!
After a long 24 hours of travel I am with Shyam Gopal, Vijay Radhika, and Vrindavan Bihari .. In my home – Vrindavana.
Dear Shyamlal Prabhu ... I offered flowers to the deities as you asked me to do. Hare Krishna ... Govinda Swami
Today, on the instruction of Shyamlal Prabhu, I went to the temple after the Rajboga Arati and offered flower garlands to the deities on his behalf.
I offered a big jasmine garland to Srila Prabhupada in his samadhi and I said,
Dear Srila Prabhupada, please accept my humble obeisances.
Shyamlal Prabhu has requested that I ask you that he will never forget your lotus feet, that he will forever...be able to serve you, and if he ever made a mistake in his devotional service that you kindly forgive him.
Then I went to Gaura, Nitai, Krishna, Balaram, Radhe Shyam and offered Them each a flower garland and made the same prayer.
Adikesava, our pujari from Durban, then presented this lotus garland and bouquet .. from the hand of Srimati Radharani, which I accepted on behalf of Shyamlal Prabhu.
May I ask you all to please keep Shyamlal Prabhu and his family in your prayers.
Hare Krishna !!
This is the flower garland from Radhe Shyam and the bouquet from the hand of Srimati Radharani that was given to me on behalf of Shyamlal Prabhu.
Gaurangi Devi Dasi
What a fortunate soul shyamlal is to have such a loyal and true friend.
Great news ... Jahnavi made it safely to SA and is reunited with her loving family !! Shyamlal Prabhu and the entire family went to the airport for a very love-filled meeting. On my side .. I am sitting in an Air Astana plane ready to take off from Delhi to Almaty to see Giriraja and celebrate Janmastami with all of the devotees :) This entire current situation has been a real lesson in faith in Krishna's words that good can never be overcome by anything else. Hare Krishna to all !!
Sri Charana Dasa: All Glories to You Gurumaharaj! Your perseverance has paid off. Jahnavi can be with her father because of you: you turned mission impossible into mission accomplished!
Joshila Gajjar Das: You are setting a super fine example of an elder brother showing true compassion, love and care for a brother who is not so well. You were chanting for him, made him chant with you and also reminded him of Srila Prabhupada. Thank you Maharaja, I love you and take you as one of my siksha gurus. Pray to see you soon.
Sundari Radha Dasi: We are blessed to experience your boundless mercy. We miss you here in South Africa.
Walked around the lake this evening chanting Japa with Partha-Sarathi Prabhu. Had darshan of Giriraja on his new altar. Now laying on my bed, looking out the window at the Kazakh sky filled with stars, and listening to the consistent drone of the crickets. I wish all my friends a joyful Sri Krishna Janmastami. May we all be blessed to serve Sri Krishna with love and devotion. Hare Krishna to all from Almaty.
Wishing all of my friends a joyful Sri Krishna Janmastami. May you always remember Krishna ... And May you never forget Him !!
“Victory ! Victory ! Victory !
I behold something wonderful: all the inauspiciousness of the living entities is destroyed, no one is going to hell, Yamaraja has no more work to do and the effects of Kali yuga have ceased to exist. This is because all over the world an increasing number of Lord Visnu’s devotees are singing His names while dancing and playing musical instruments.”
Nammalvar, Divya-prabandha, Tiruvaymoli 5.2.1
Yesterday evening I spoke to HH Bhakti Charu Swami, Sunil Mohan Prabhu, Sri Murti DD and Jahnavi DD. They had had a long discussion together with a handful of Shyamlal Prabhu's very close friends.
The family has decided to embark upon a very exact nature cure for cancer tumours in the treatment of Shyamlal Prabhu.
I'd like to ask all of my friends to keep up their prayers for Shyamlal and his family.
Hare Krishna !!
Mangala Arati, class, Pooja, meeting with leader of the Moslems Committee of Kazakhstan, meeting with head of religious committee in Almaty, went to a clinic and met one student who has been ill, drank cold honey kvas, lunch at Govinda's apartment, now on the way to the India Independence Day reception, then Kirtan at Brandt. Busy day in warm, warm Almaty.
Yesterday Akincana Krishna prabhu and Rati Manjari were married in Moscow. Everyone send them loads of love and blessings. Congratulations to you both !!
Good meeting with government Religious Committee, went to Baiterek and touched the molded hand model of President Nazarbayev, Partha led a rocking Kirtan at the evening program, I spoke and the led Kirtan, concluding with a devotee organised sauna, bed at 01:00 .. Out of the apartment at 05:45, sitting in an Air Astana jet back to Almaty. Hare Krishna !!
Just landed in Almaty. On our way to Shembulak.
Arrived in Moscow last night, flying out now to visit Madhava and Radhika in Swiss. Also, HH Sivaram Swami is having his hernia operation today. Everyone offer a special prayer to Radhe Shyam for his safety. Hare Krishna !!
Could I request all my friends to say a prayer for my mother. She has been suffering a bout of shingles and has not been doing well with the medicine the doctors gave her. She's a wonderful lady who loves devotees. Please send her some love and prayers. Thank you.
Everyone please up your kind prayers for my mom and my god-brother Shyamlal Prabhu. I spoke to them both this evening. My mom sincerely thanks everyone for their good wishes and prayers ... And Shyamlal humbly requested that all vaisnavas bless him with their mercy. Thank you all .. Hare Krishna. PS .. Good kirtans this afternoon and evening in Zurich :)