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Written by Bhakta Martin Kindt
From Radhadesh, after a turbulent twenty-one hour night journey, Kadamba Kanana Swami arrived in South Africa. After a short rest, on 7 September, together with Bhakti Charu Swami, Maharaja inaugurated the new Bhakti Yoga Centre in Sandton, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg. Iskcon Sandton provides a beautiful new platform for university preaching, kirtan yoga, arts & culture and a Food for Life program. The inauguration began at 11 am with some inspiring words from the sannyasis and 12 noon signalled the start of a twelve hour kirtan. Kadamba Kanana Swami led kirtan twice in the day and as always, got the crowd on their feet!
On Sunday morning, 8 September, Maharaja lectured from the Caitanya Caritamrta at the Sunday Feast, at Lenasia temple. The class centred on the glories of Lord Nityananda in the position of spiritual master. After leading kirtan while midday aarti was being offered to Nitai Gaura Hari, Maharaja immediately left for Midrand (about 50 km away) to honour an invitation by his disciples. Teachings from the Hamsaduta infiltrated the lecture which was at other times humorous as Maharaja spoke about being a messenger for Krsna and spiritual pizza!
A few days later, his journey continued to Durban. In the build-up to the main event, Radhastami, Maharaja gave several morning and evening classes. The day after Radhastami, Maharaja attended a preaching program at a Hall in Scottsburgh, about 60 km south of Durban. On 15 September, Maharaja flew back to Johannesburg to participate in the 7th annual Ratha Yatra Festival in Soweto. This preaching endeavour is very dear to Kadamba Kanana Swami as he almost single-handedly funds the festival. Due to his current state of health, this year Maharaja threw sweets and fruit from the chariot instead of leading kirtan for the duration of the procession.
The next day, Maharaja travelled back to Durban. In the two days that he spent there, he lectured on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur and attended the Vyasa Puja of Bhakti Chari Swami. Maharaja is currently in Cape Town, attending the 25th anniversary celebration of the Cape Town temple.
Photos and recordings from the various programs are presented below. To download an audio file, right-click on the title and save target as.