1 09-15-87 04:39 ped krishna states MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ The leader of West Virginia
1 09-15-87 04:39 ped
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ The leader of West Virginia's Hare
Krishna temple said Tuesday he has asked Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
to build a Krishna city near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Swami Kirtanananda Bhaktipada of New Vrindaban in Marshall County
said a letter was mailed Tuesday to Moscow asking the Soviet leader to
build a "City of God" and bring spiritual and cultural revitalization
to the people.
"They protect culture, faith and philosophy for the future
generations of mankind," Bhaktipada wrote. "We feel that your bold
efforts toward revitalization at home and peaceful culture abroad
indicate your sincere wish to help the people of the Soviet Union and
the people of the entire world."
The swami also said he wants Gorbachev to grant pardons to the
estimated 25 Soviet Hare Krishnas who were allegedly arrested for
practicing their religious beliefs.
Bhaktipada said the City of God, complete with gardens and a
Krishna temple, should be built at Kiev where Russian Christianity was
born 100 years ago.
The swami said 11 other such cities are planned throughout the
world at important spiritual locations.
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