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Three-Week Preaching Tour
of Eastern Europe
By Jishnu Das
(This list captures the spirit of Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s preaching in whatever part of the world His Holiness visits these days.)
1. He was a presenter at a conference in Odessa, Ukraine, in the auditorium of the old KGB headquarters, for scientists who are interested in metaphysics as a way to address the problems in society. The scientists were from different countries in CIS. His books were also featured.
2. Gave a seminar at the Moscow Academy of Business on "Leadership for a new era."
3. Press conference and radio show on the main national radio station in Moscow FM 91.2. He addressed "Arresting Social Degradation."
4. Meeting with the mayor in Yaroslavl, Russia.
5. Lecture to 400 law students and psychologists at the University of Yaroslavl, Russia.
6. Appeared on the front page of local newspaper in Yaroslavl, Russia.
7. Meeting with one of the top composers, members of parliament, local representatives from the Ministry of Culture, and leaders of social welfare organizations in Moscow.
8. Received special gifts and honor as a chief international guest at the Moscow Recreation Center for the handicapped.
9. Special guest on the national television station for the "Good Morning Russia" program.
10. Special guest appearance on the national television station, on a most popular program called "What do Women Want?" (Both of these programs broadcast across the whole CIS, ie a population of more than 300 million.)
11. An appearance on television for the evening news in Tula-citi, Russia.
12. Television program and discussion at the home and memorial of Leo Tolstoy.
13. Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Christian Institute, where he discussed similarities between Christianity and the Vedic culture.
14. Press conference and appearance on television for the evening news in Omsk, Siberia.
15. Gave three seminars for 400 doctors, 300 psychiatrists, and 200 business students and administrators in Omsk, Siberia.
16. Short lecture and television appearance at an art gallery in Omsk, Siberia.
17. Meeting with directory of the Academy of Philosophy and Theology in Moscow.
18. One-week seminar for devotees in Croatia on "Releasing Fear and Embracing Love."
19. One-week seminar for devotees in Serbia on "Coping with Grief in our Lives."
20. One-week seminar for devotees in Odessa, Ukraine, also on "Releasing Fear…" There were 700 students in his course.
21. One-week seminar for devotees in Divnomorsk, Russia, on "Confronting Anger in our Lives." 1500 students were in his course. The course was held in the ballroom of a resort.
22. Several other local interviews on radio and television in almost every city that he went to.
23. Initiated 20 new disciples in Russia and accepted 30 new aspiring disciples in Ukraine and 50 new aspiring disciples in Russia.
24. Also initiated new devotees in Croatia and accepted about 20 new aspiring disciples in Croatia and Serbia.
25. Sold and signed thousands of his books in the Croatian and Russian editions over a three-week period.
© CHAKRA 21 October 2002
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