Second Letter from Russia – Moskow, June 9th 2016

Dear Friend,

We are in the middle of a Kriyaban Retreat at “Mila Gioia.” This is Mila Ostrova’s country house, or “dacha,” outside of Moscow. Since many in the group here have visited Ananda Assisi, “Mila Gioia” is a word play on the Italian “Villa Gioia,” or “house of joy.”

And, it has certainly been a house of joy! As with people everywhere in the world who have a devotee’s heart, they are hungry for Master’s teachings, and love Master’s and Swami’s music. It’s a blessing to be here with all of them.

I’m including, below, a photo of the group in Ekaterinburg that didn’t get into the first letter. 

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And here is a photo of the Mila Gioia retreat group. (Yes, there is a great light above them!!!) 

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It has been quite cold here; as you can see from this photo, people are energizing outside in down jackets!



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As we go for walks in this area, we see many of the same flowers and plants that we have in America: clover, wild strawberries just beginning to flower in this climate, lupin, vetch, and many others like these small yellow flowers. Russia, India, Sacramento…they really aren’t that far away from each other…

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The food is very good: very fresh, and most of it comes right out of the garden. Even in restaurants you are served a plate of freshly picked herbs: chives, cilantro, fennel, etc. And often, green onions will be pulled from the garden right before a meal, cleaned, and brought to the table where people will break off pieces to eat. Salads are filled with herbs, cucumber and tomatoes. It reminds me of how Swami liked his salads: not just lettuce! But filled with fresh herbs.

We had a beautiful Discipleship Initiation this morning, and we will have a Kriya initiation tonight. Tomorrow morning is the end of this retreat, and tomorrow evening is the beginning of the weekend retreat. Then we begin the journey back to California.

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Thank you for keeping us all in your prayers! May Master’s Light touch all hearts.

Love and blessings, 

Aum, Nirmala and Dharmadas

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One Response to Second Letter from Russia – Moskow, June 9th 2016

  1. leonore says:

    yes, thats a cold June…. but the plants don’t seem to mind. When does the growing season end? Is it just 3 months long?

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