29th Update on Kaz
From Sivarama Swami in Kazakhistan:
10am 29th Nov: Arrived safely in Kaz and went straight to the farm. Arrived 2am and was horrified by the sight of destroyed uses. I am living in Govinda Maharaja’s house and it feels like living on the edge of a ghosttown. All the way down I spoke to devotees about their experiences, today I will meet with them and hold programs. There is snow everywhere, it’s cold, even this house is partially heated by a few electric heaters. No water either. There is no way for e-mail yet, so sms is the best I can do. I shall stay in touch and try to send pictures. Pray for these devotees. Its difficult for them.
I took prasadam with the devotees and spoke to one mataji who has 4 children and whose house was destroyed. She is now staying with her mother elsewhere. She said this whole incident caused great heart ache for her as ISKCON is her family. I answered that such pain will purify her and make her Krsna conscious.
BBC and RADIO FREE PRESS are there just now filming and interviewing.
Almost all major TV stations from India came to the 90 minute pres conference we gave. Plus the major newspapers as well. All RGM Indian Yatra leaders too. Huge coverage going out. They really went for the story. Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express were all there and promised big covering tomorrow. All major TV channels will have the story of bulldozing tonight. Myself and Rati will meet Mitel’s brother hopefully tonight.