03 Jun Global 24 Hour Kirtan On Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi
Below are the first hand impressions from South-East of Ukraine by Narahari Prabhu:
Unfortunately we can no longer go on Harinam. Authorities have warned that it is very dangerous and don’t give permission. The whole city is under curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. You can not gather in large groups on any rallies even in the daytime, the martial law is enforced.
We come to temple to have kirtan, so devotees can somehow forget about what is happening around and absorb themselves in reality of joy of Krishna Consciousness. People are in severe panic and even devotees are in a fear. Every day we hear the roar of military air-fighters in the sky. In the city gunfire can be heard here and there at any time. Just in one day, more than 100 people were killed, including peaceful passers-by. [ed: When Nara Hari prabhu went out on his loan to chant morning japa, a large cargo truck pulled up near by fully loaded with dead bodies of people killed in air strike and started unloading the bodies into a big hole in the ground…]
Some devotees tried to get to the temple from the airport area, where recently an armed battle took place, they stepped out of the house, when suddenly a bomb exploded just outside. They ran back and hid under the table horrified, trembled until nightfall. One mataji’s hair turned gray from the terror of mines going off, splashing of bomb shells and whistling of bullets flying outside her apartment. In other devotee’s private house a missile shell flew in. Fortunately missed him.
In reality war looks ugly and horrifying. Everyone feels that life perishable and can end at any moment. Most devotees are afraid to go out on the street and therefore can not even come to the temple.
For them, we are trying to organize daily Bhagavatam classes via Skype, so different devotees, even while at home from their apartments will hold lectures and listen to each other.
But now the most important thing!
And this is about you.
Today is the first day when the city was calm and it seemed that the war stopped. No shots, no explosions.
I know for sure – it’s strength, power, and influence of the Holy Sri Mayapur. This is the grace of devotees singing kirtan for us. We are forever indebted to you. By your prayers you stop this senseless war, at least for a day. This Sankirtana of Lord Caitanya can stop even the World War 3, people of this world simply don’t have another chance for salvation.
Only devotees can do it. And, the process has already begun from Mayapur Dham. Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Srila Prabhupada predicted that the Krishna consciousness movement will save the world and spread everywhere.
Thank you very much for your efforts !
The lives of many people and devotees depend on you .