Dear HH Hanumatpresaka Maharaja,
Please accept my most humble obeisances and All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!
Hare Krishna maharaja, thank you so so much for your latest reply. I feel very inspired :)
This past weekend, Adrian and i spent the night at the Sri Sri Radha-Krishna Temple down in Spanish Fork so we could meet with Caru prabhu and Vaibhavi mataji about marriage and initiation. We unfortunately didn't get to speak with them together, but it was good what we heard from each of them. Caru prabhu is very happy about us becoming married and said he would be "delighted" to be the priest. He also encourages us for initiation, so we will work with your instruction of one year minimum commitment with the temple and then proceed for first initiation, if approved by Caru prabhu, Vaibhavi mataji, yourself!, and the devotees here. Vaibhavai mataji was very sweet, also. She gave very good instruction through stories of other devotees, and she also was very happy about us becoming married. She said that she would always be there for us to help, but because she and Caru prabhu decided not to have children, that counseling from another devotee family would be more proper. On a side note, during the conversation, the topic of our material situation came up and Vaibhavi mataji pointed out the fact that Adrian would probably not be able to afford to purchase a ring for engagement or marriage. She told us that she was given a diamond necklace from her mother-in-law and that she has lost it. Then just a few days back, one of the WWOOFers staying at the temple found it. Mataji said she'd give it to Adrian to give to me eventually... We were both speechless... She is such an amazing person, I am feeling very fortunate to have her association here. As far as schooling goes, Vaibhavi mataji said that she had finished school and, because it would make my parents happy, no reason to disturb them anymore than necessary (especially since they're paying for it). She did say, though, that it is ultimately my decision and that she wasn't going to instruct me on the matter because what's good for one may not be good for another, so... I won't gain residency to attend school until spring next year, so no reason to really think about that for now.
Yesterday was our first day going out on an attempted sankirtana, hahaha. We did not do any distributing, but we found out how to start a student club on the University of Utah campus and did a little preaching here and there. Today we're going out for round two.. little better idea how to get things going, but it is still difficult to approach people!
Otherwise.. things are going nicely here. There was a little drama thing happening in the temple with a couple devotees, but seems to be nice now. Going into Srimad Bhagavatam, Second Canto today! Jaya!
Thank you maharaja, so much for your association! Haribolo!
your aspiring servant,
HpS - ASA - Jaya! A vanaprastha Couple, BVDD and Caru Das. We were together for several years in Berkeley. But that was a long time ago. O.K. Seems your life is clear enough to go ahead. Yes, seems difficult to approach people in USA on the street for us also. What ever we do everyday we will become perfect at it.