Kirtan and Prasadam for Africa
Posted May 31, 2003
Srila Prabhupada writes, "As evidence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy, we are experiencing that the people of Africa are taking to Krishna consciousness, chanting and dancing and taking prasddam like other Vaisnavas. This is all due to the power of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Who can understand how His potency is working all over the world?" (Cc., Madhya 17.55)
Recently devotees of the Pretoria preaching centre took forty university students on a spiritual retreat to the Drakensburg Mountains. Following the success of a similar retreat held last year the devotees arranged another over the last weekend. The program consisted of a slide show on George Harrison; a five hour hike up a mountain; various lectures and kirtans and many prasadam feasts.
Many of the students that participated in the hike were completely new to Krishna consciousness. Most of them just came out of curiosity or to have a good weekend of partying in the mountains as they were told by their friends they would. During the five hour ride to the mountains the devotees passed out mantra cards, explained about the benefits of chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra and began chanting. The students who were equiped with traditional African drums spontaneously joined in, chanting loudly and clapping. It was difficult to stay seated as the kirtan gathered momentum so they all began dancing ecstatically as the bus rode on.