danvadat Pranams 🙇🏼♂️
please accept my humble obeisances!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
thanks very much for the replies to my letters. 🔥🔥🌧️🌧️ Was worried when my name was not on the list, ill ask Chaitanya Charitamrita if he is going to send an annual report.
i meet with around 5 devotees on zoom for an artik and bhagavatam class mon-fri & this morning we read this verse
we usually read one verse every morning & alternate days leading a review/discussion of the verse. Have gotten to know the Bhagavad Gita much better by finding companion verses that mirror/echo or further explain the Bhagavatam verses we read daily.
I was supposed to travel with ISV devotees to Jagannath Puri, Kolkata & Mayapur this month, but a ladder fell from under me end of december and now recovering with broken heel. Got a 5 year visa, so hope to join this group for another trip to india this year or next. When im able to stand again will pick back up with a morning artik at my home altar.
Gurudeva, by your mercy i would like to take second initiation whenever possible. Cecilia is not chanting 16 rounds but we offer all meals to Krishna, and chant the Mahamantra & Panca Tattva mantra. She also helps take care of Tulsi. Tulsi has nice emerald green leaves since watering with a filtered water/cow manure mix.
By second initiation was hoping to take advantage of more service opportunities at the Berkeley Temple helping/sharing with cooking and altar services. Then able to help there or elsewhere with that training.
Are you connecting with disciples via gotomeeting 737859341? Wish there was a way to be notified by the app when you connect to the room. im at home 24/7 for some weeks til i can walk again. Hope to get the mercy of your association. Maybe pick up some espanol from those sessions? Reading Tava Pache Pache.
‘At the beginning of canto six Maharaja Pariksit asks how one can get free from this cycle of heaven-earth-hell-heaven-earth…y,’
‘sound familiar? Are you pushed like us to commit the same small sins again and again?’
’We try to serve, exploit, and enjoy the mind and body, which produces reactions, to which we react again, leading to more reactions.’ p.20 ♻️
thank you for your mercy!
Loka Bandhu Rama Das
HpS - Thanks for all the news! Like a San Francisco Surf Board ride. Thanks.
Respects to Cecilia.
The second initiation is not so necessary.
Only thing it might add to your service is going on the altar in the Temple, and your worship at home can be just as potent.
Second initiation means all these formalities of Brahmana, Ksatriya et al.
Prabhupada says that the Mayor's wife must dress like the Mayor's wife.
I know a very nice devotee lady in Suth America. She is married to a senior admnistrator in the GBC structure and has to deal with many serving girls in organizing dinners etc.
She tells the devotees that her nature is to be a Nun praying in her little cell and working in the Nunnery garden with other simple girls but so all these formalities are a real burden.
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Don't go to India, go to Vrndavana!