Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

27 December 2011. Video. It’s Time to Get in the Mood! Po-Nashemu New Year’s in Prešov and Zabava Folk Group in Saratov

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Here’s a real po-nashemu New Year’s party in Prešov… the old spirit hasn’t died out yet! Remember, New Year’s is this Sunday… and Old New Year‘s is on 14 January.

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Here’s some REAL down-home Russkie peasant folk-singing… not the citified stuff that we hear so often…

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Let’s keep the party spirit going… here’s the folk group Zabava (and friends) from Saratov in Russia

PARTY HEARTY!

BMD

Indian Foreign Minister Alerted Moscow to the Interest in India Shown in the Russian Court Case on the Bhagavad-Gita

The above image is of a legit translation of the Gita… its translator wishes to foster unity and goodwill between all religions and faiths of the world, through the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita, not the cultishness of the Hare Krishnas (who are violent rightwingers, just like the Moonies… interesting thing about mind-control cults, no? If birds of a feather flock together, what does that tell us about the GOP?).

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On Tuesday, in New Delhi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna and RF Ambassador to India Aleksandr Kadakin discussed the situation surrounding the current court case in Tomsk on the book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. S M Krishna expressed his views, saying, “I hope that our Russian friends understand the importance of the verdict of the court for the Indian public”, emphasising that this case “put into question the underlying civilisational spiritual values ​​of India”, according to official sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. For his part, Kadakin said that the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) and the Russian government would “take all feasible measures within their authority to resolve the situation”. However, he emphasised that, as in India, they have no right to interfere in the trial. Kadakin pointed up that Vladimir Lukin, the RF Commissioner for Human Rights, would have a great role to play in this situation. However, given the great public interest that this trial caused in India, Kadakin expressed the hope that, whatever the verdict, the Indian authorities wouldn’t allow any extremist statements against Russian missions in the country.

Turning to the background of the dispute, Kadakin said that Russians respect the sacred book of the Hindus, the Bhagavad-Gita. He pointed up that the first time this work appeared in Russia was when Indian merchants came in the early 17th century to Astrakhan, where, subsequently, they were not only able to build a Hindu temple, but Tsar Pyotr Veliki granted them exemption from taxation. In giving her consent to the publication of this work, Tsaritsa Yekaterina Velikaya and the Most Holy Governing Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church called it “inspirational reading”. In the summer of 2011, the Tomsk procurator appealed to the local district court for recognition of an extremist book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is with commentary by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), written in the 1960s. In this regard, Indian MPs called on their government to “immediately intervene to guarantee religious freedom for Hindus in Russia”, and the Indian diaspora in Moscow and Russian Hare Krishnas appealed to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to intervene so that the Russian authorities wouldn’t ban their sacred text. The number-one leading item in the Indian media has become “the persecution of Hinduism in Russia”.

According to an Indian Ministry of External Affairs statement in the Indian Parliament, the court postponed the final hearing in Tomsk from 19 to 28 December 2011. The reason for the postponement was that the Leninsky Raion Court agreed to seek the opinion of RF Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Lukin, as well as prominent scholars from Moscow and St Petersburg on the subject of the dispute. Last week, RF MID spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich clarified several points, saying, “This is what our Indian colleagues probably misunderstood”. He emphasised that the court case does NOT involve the Bhagavad-Gita per se, “rather, it concerns a later translation that suffers from distortions of meaning” introduced by the commentary of A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

27 December 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43587

Editor’s Note:

The Russian government isn’t trying to ban the Gita… there’s a move to ban a defective and cultish translation of the Gita. The Hare Krishnas have the same relationship to mainstream Hinduism as the Moonies have to mainstream Christianity. That is, both are cultish simulations of the real thing. The USA is trying to use this non-starter as a wedge to drive Russia and India apart, but it’s not going to work. On top of that, the official Church has NOTHING to do with this case… there’s been no responsible secular media outlet reporting such, nor have any of the official Church media outlets reported such a linkage. This is bad juju all the way around (Dr M’bogo, wherefore art thou?). It stinks of Langley black propaganda (Operation Mockingbird, any one?).

BMD

27 December 2011. Orthodox Hermitage in Supraśl Vandalised… Neither the OCA nor the ROCOR Official Websites Deigned to Inform You of This

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A video on the hermitage of Archimandrite Gavriil Giba (1962- ) in Odrynki (Narew District. Hajnówka Powiat. Podlaskie Voivodeship) in Poland.

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On 10 December 2011, unknown vandals attacked Fr Gavriil’s hermitage (the only such in Poland). As there’s no information available on the attackers or their motives, it’s useless to speculate on such. I’d say that Fr Gavriil needs aid to rebuild… and neither the OCA nor the ROCOR made appeals for his needs on their official websites. It’s typical First Family navel-gazing… something that all too many of us are used to, no? However, note how the First Families all kiss the bum of the Uniates. Yes… even the ROCOR members do! Remember the Gan who mugged with the Uniates when the Blunder was in NYC? They sure changed their tune when the “party line” changed, didn’t they? Such schmutz disconcerts many rank n’ file believers. The silence may be due to their wish not to “upset” the pretty sensibilities of their Catholic pals (there IS a long history of Catholic violence against Orthodox in Poland, unfortunately). No matter what, we have an obligation to aid our own, and both official websites blundered badly in this affair, and I’m going to say so loudly, and over my signature, I’m no coward hiding behind a username!

You should know that the Holy Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church called Fr Gavriil to the episcopate, but he fled to his hermitage, instead. The bishops respected his hesitancy. I’ll lay you dollars to dognuts that they’re now well aware of how he is, and that they’ll send ten sturdy monks to forcibly bring him to Warsaw when they decide to offer him the bishop’s staff again! These kinda guys make the BEST bishops… like Metropolitan Vikenty Morar in Central Asia. God’s finger is on Fr Gavriil… make no mistake on it. Cookie the Bookie’s offering GOOD odds on this guy becoming head of the Polish Local Church (he’s that well respected and loved).

The skete’s a dependency of the Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl. Click here for their website. Here’s their contact information, if you’re serious in aiding them:

monasternmp@gmail.com

None of the other reportage on this incident included contact information for those who wished to aid Fr Gabriel… it’s clear that they’re all clueless dilettantes. If possible, you must include contact information. This shows that “Josephus Flavius” of so-called Byzantine Texas is a lazy poseur. I found the contact information in less than five minutes. In any case, “Josephus Flavius” is a pseudonymous username… recall how Fr Vsevolod (click here and here for what he said) slammed all those who post anonymously. Everything here is signed with my name or initials. ANYONE who posts under a username is a worthless punk and coward, and not a REAL Christian. Don’t forget… “Josephus Flavius” isn’t in the Church… he’s a Uniate pretending to be Orthodox to fool the simple and credulous. Sad, ain’t it? NEVER hate Uniates (that’s Satanic), but ALWAYS oppose their imposture and lies (you have a DUTY to defend Christ’s Body, the Church)… Our Lord Christ expects that of you.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

27 December 2011

Albany NY

27 December 2011. Videos. The Beating Heart of Orthodoxy in Poland…

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The Holy Mountain of Grabarka in Poland

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Miraculous Spring at the Holy Mountain of Grabarka

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Orthodoxy in Poland (Part 1)… not in English, but NO talking heads, and the visuals move

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Orthodoxy in Poland (Part 2)

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Orthodoxy in Poland (Part 3)

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Pilgrims at the Holy Mountain of Grabarka

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Holy Mountain of Grabarka (Part 1)… in Polish, but visually interesting

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Holy Mountain of Grabarka (Part 2)

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All of the vids are worth watching… the visuals are that well put-together. The image has a “language” all its own… it’s why we have icons (they’re not “the bible for the illiterate”… what vacuous rot!). The image communicates when words fail… it speaks when language is mute. The image affects us directly, much as music does. It’s why Sectarians are Satanists… they hate the God-given Image and the God-given Liturgy.

Listen for the sound of a colour and look for the shape of a sigh… you KNOW what I mean…

BMD

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