Letter from Russia, 2017

Russia 2017-2

Yogananda Devotees in Ekaterinburg, Russia

Russia 2017-2Dear friend,

We traveled to Russia with Dharmadas’ father, Sam, and sister, Beth, to explore a village on the Volga river where Sam’s parents lived before they immigrated to the United States in 1912.

Russia 2017-4We flew into Moscow, and from there flew to Saratov. In one day, we found an archive with family records, drove out to the tiny village itself, and explored old ruins and ancient graveyards. 

For Sam, especially, it was the adventure of a lifetime.

The next day Sam and Beth flew back to Moscow to start their return home. Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.52.52 PM

We flew on to Ekaterinburg to do a retreat for the devotees there, including an initiation into discipleship for devotees ready to take this step, and a baby blessing ceremony for a young family.

Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.53.05 PMAfter Ekaterinburg, we flew to Moscow to do two retreats, one for Kriyabans, and one for discipleship. the photo on the left is from last night’s Kriya initiation.

The initiation included these nine new Kriyabans (photo on the right0.
JAI GURU!Screen Shot 2017-06-03 at 4.53.16 PM

We finish the discipleship retreat this Sunday, and fly home Monday. We will have a satsang after Sunday service on June 11th. We hope to see you there!

Love and blessings, Nirmala and Dharmadas

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