Humble instruments
Jan20

Humble instruments

As we so often hear, the marathon never ends. For rather than being an external activity, it is an internal determination to spread Krsna consciousness, by pleasing Srila Prabhupada and seeing that his transcendental books are received by all members of society. In trying to follow this mood, eager to return to the field of battlefield against the illusory energy after being fired up by a retreat and sadhu-sanga, my roommate, Meik,...

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Dreams that led to book distribution and joining a temple
Jan17

Dreams that led to book distribution and joining a temple

In the middle of the night I vividly dreamed about the Bhagavad-gita being held in someone's hand. I had never seen or heard of the book. But in the morning, I couldn't get it out of my mind. So I looked on the internet and then went to some bookstores looking for it. No luck. Then I had an urge to go to Byron Bay, an hour and a half north of where I live, which is just north of Sydney. I got a hotel room and went walking...

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A change of heart and unexpected action
Jan16

A change of heart and unexpected action

After another busy week at work, I was relaxing after a community program at Bhakti Lounge and looking forward to heading home for some rest and recuperation. Just as I was about to leave, Rudra Rama Pandita Prabhu approached me and asked whether I was free to help transport some books. My mind immediately rejected the idea. But as Rudra explained, Vrindavan Madhurya and Bhakta Tom were running out of books on the South Island. Lord...

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A book transforms one
Jan16

A book transforms one

Krishna Das and I invited two young guys who bought a book to the temple of Villa Vrndavana. They came, stayed a while, and then we left in a week. After a year, we went back to the Villa with a group to do harinamas. I went to the dining room to eat prasadam and sat down with the Italian devotees. I saw a devotee, and his face looked familiar to me. I asked, “Do I know you?” He replied, “Did you forget me? You came...

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Perfectly arranged by Krishna
Jan14

Perfectly arranged by Krishna

We hired a gardener for a job at our home in Perth. His job was to help our plants get some nutrition. I offered to be his assistant, for which he offered us a small discount. James arrived on the scheduled day, and I put on my gardening hat and was out on the earth. As we worked, laying down heaps of soil conditioner and mulch, my laptop played some nice kirtans. James commented, “This music is really nice. It is very...

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Kids doing sets in Sunnyvale
Jan11

Kids doing sets in Sunnyvale

On Dec. 9th, we had the wonderful association of Vaisesika Prabhu, who took part in our kids' door-to-door sankirtana in Sunnyvale. He gave a class in the temple, and right after that he went to the Navadveep pre-school to attend its inauguration in a new location. He gave a short talk to the parents, watched a kids' program, talked to teachers, visited the school, and had breakfast with the board members. Right after that, he...

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