February 1, 2010

HH Romapada Swami & HG Dravida Prabhu in Chicago Dec 2009

His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja was in Chicago from the 23rd to the 27th of December 2009. Maharaja spoke on some very interesting topics such as humility and self confidence, self-acceptance and self-improvement, specifically addressing the apparent paradox. For the youth, Maharaja spoke on discovering our identity and finding our voices in Krishna Consciousness.

All the programs took place in the Kishore Kishori temple, where many devotees were accommodated for the weekend retreat. By Guru Puja each morning, there were many devotees already present. Maharaja entered, and before we knew it, we were all singing “Jaya Radha Madhava.”

February 8, 2010

HH Romapada Swami in St. Louis Dec 2009

Just three days after the Chicago Christmastime programs, the St. Louis New Year’s programs began. Since it was still winter vacation for us students, we decided to join His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja in St. Louis to kick off the New Year. A total of four cars—three minivans and one car—stuffed with Chicago devotees drove five hours south in order to receive the most nectarean association of Maharaja. We were all extremely excited to be able to hear from Maharaja for an extended period of time—first, in New York at Vyasa Puja, then in Chicago, and then again for the next 3 ½ days in St. Louis!

December 30