Written by Uddhava dasa
While recovering from pneumonia in the UK, Kadamba Kanana Swami decided to visit South Africa for some health checks and to spent a month and a half over there. The first two weeks he rested and took things easy. After that he slowly started his regular programs again followed up by the celebration of Ramachandra’s appearance day in Lenasia.
Here is a short account of the travels by Kadamba Kanana Swami and the recorded media. You can find all audio recordings here.
The appearance day of Lord Ramachandra was celebrated in the amazing Lenasia temple during the Sunday feast program. And it was jam-packed! Kadamba Kanana Swami spoke on Sita and Rama and the austerities they had to endure while being banished to the forest! It was an amazing evening concluded with a initiation ceremony where six new devotees took a deep dive into spiritual life!
Rama navami class – 25 Mar 2018
Initiation ceremony – 25 Mar 2018
Durban Ratha Yatra
The Durban Ratha Yatra festival (or should I say festivals?!) is an amazing 4 days fully engaging event that must be experienced at least once in your lifetime… I mean it actually has 2 Ratha Yatra’s, a huge festival site, at least 20 tents, power yoga sessions, food and a whole day’s worth of exciting programs to attend. And I even didn’t take about the mini cinema and the huge shop. Truly the only 4 day Ratha Yatra festival outside of India!
So in this event packed festival there was so much to do that you really needed to make a selection beforehand. And that was not easy! Shall I go to the amazing Bhakti Cloud tent or hang out in the “Ask – Discover – Explore” tent? Or pop in for the amazing documovie about Srila Prabhupada. Oh well, there is four days so lets do them all!
Talk on Environmental Crisis
Talk on Human Relationships
The Designer – Bhakti Cloud tent
Jagannath Mandir Bhajans – Part 1
Jagannath Mandir Bhajans – Part 2
Stage Final Kirtan
Other Durban programs
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.1 – 28 mar 2018
Initiations & talk – 27 mar 2018
Durban VP program – 15 Apr 2018
Sunday Feast Durban – 15 apr 2018
Sunday Feast Phoenix – 15 Apr 2018
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.14 – 16 Apr 2018
Home program Bhaktarupa, Maithili & Rukmini – 17 apr 2018
After hot Durban and the energetic Ratha Yatra is was time to move onwards to the cooler city of Cape Town. The city area has been battling a serious drought for months and everywhere you would find signs saying “Use only a minimum of 50L of water per person per day”. I stayed at a friends house and they really took great care to use as less as they possible could. I found it a refreshing workout to think about my water usage.
In Cape Town Kadamba Kanana Swami spent a few days, starting off by attending the Sunday Feast and continuing the week with a small batch of programs. The Capetownians where lucky to celebrate the actual birthday with maharaja on the 12th! On the 14th Kadamba Kanana Swami fly back to Durban and from there would jump back to Belgium where the Vyasa-puja festival was about to start.
Evening Program – 10 Apr 2018
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16.26-30 – 10 apr 2018
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.21 – 11 apr 2018
Spirit Matters program – 11 apr 2018
Vyasa-puja celebration – 12 Apr 2018
Ratha Yatra Trailer – Yuvir Ramjit
A glimpse into the Festival of Chariots in Durban