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June 24, 2015


Dear Devotees,

Jaya Prabhupada! I am happy to tell you that Lord Krishna is showering His blessings on our tour of Israel and Italy. Here is a brief report.

In Israel, I was hosted by an intelligent, loving Vaishnava community centered in the town of Harish. An extraordinary grhastha couple, Gunavatara Prabhu and his wife Varshabhanavi Prabhu, lead the community. They have dedicated their lives to caring for the devotees.

I stayed in Caesarea, a beautiful town north of Tel Aviv, close to the sea and many ancient historical sites. I will always be grateful to the Harish devotees for taking care of me with so much real consideration and devotion. I must also give special thanks to my recently initiated disciple, Taruni dd, who personally made innumerable arrangements for me.

On June 21st, I flew from Tel Aviv to Venice, Italy, and drove to Prabhupadadesha. The devotees there, as in Israel, are exceptionally kind to me. We had many important classes in Italian. On Monday, I traveled to Asiago, Italy, a very picturesque town in the Italian Alps. Many devotees are coming to visit here. My disciple Ekabhakti, his wife Vrinda Rani, and other loving devotees are taking care of me perfectly. I am grateful to all these devotees.

Prabhupadadesha itself is situated on 25 beautiful acres, with a magnificent, palatial temple building and ashrama. There are many intelligent devotees in this area and some of them are kindly translating my Bhagavad-gita into Italian.

In general these are most happy times for me. Devotees in many European countries are inviting me and I look forward to spending time with them.

We hope to send many more pictures of Italy, which, like Israel, is a beautiful country.

With best wishes,
Hridayananda das Goswami
June 24, 2015