June 15, 1995
By Indradyumna Swami
We had a wonderful Harinama in downtown Almaty. There are no laws forbidding chanting in the streets here. The people loved it. A middle-aged woman stopped to watch us with the rest of the crowd assembled around us. I was speaking to the crowd at the time, and when I asked them to repeat the Hare Krsna mantra the woman responded enthusiastically. At the end I asked her to come forward, and in front of the whole crowd I gave her my thick red- rose garland. She was overwhelmed. During the next kirtana she came forward and started dancing with us. That encouraged others to come forward, and soon we had about fifteen to twenty people dancing wildly with us. It was wonderful.