Janmashtami by Minsk devotees:
Janmashtami: Russian Krishnaites reminisce about embracing a new faith
As Moscow marks Lord Krishna’s birthday, ISKCON followers describe their journey to spirituality and a lifestyle where they are vegetarians and shun alcohol and smoking.There are a number of festive events held in the Russian capital to pay tribute to the Hindu God, Krishna on his birthday, Janmashtami. These celebrations are in large part due to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which found its way to Moscow thanks to Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the movement.
Hearing & Chanting of the Holy Names
The human form of life is meant for God realization, but this process, which begins with sravanam kirtanam visnoh [SB 7.5.23]—hearing and chanting of the holy name of the Lord—is disturbed as long as our senses are materially attracted. In the conditioned state our senses are covered by material sense gratification, and as long as one is not trained in purifying the senses, one cannot become a devotee.
Until they became a customer
Srila Prabhupada was stressing the importance of personal communication as well as determination and enthusiasm for any and every opportunity to preach.
Jai Srila Prabhupada!