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Title: Book Mercy

User: Nava Gauranga dasa  Date: 2006-07-15 08:41:05


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Dear Swami Gaurangapada and devotees,

please accept my simple obiesances.


    My residence is in a city(more like a big town) three hours west of Melbourne in Australia.

   The first time I had ever seen Hare Krishna's was on one of my first ventures to Melbourne on my own, when I was around 16 years old. Going to the city back then was an exciting venture. The city was full of color and diversity. It was such an interesting place. On the first venture I saw a group of orange robed devotees, loudly banging cymbals, and chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare....., over and over with this repetitive one two three beat on their cymbals.

   I thought this was such an amazing spectacle at the time. I was just beginning to have interest in things eastern, so I was somewhat intrigued.

    Alot of time has passed since then so my memories are a vague. But I do remember one thing very clearly. A devotee, from the brigade of singing dancing devotees, handed me a book. The book was well presented, a bit mystical it seemed at the time, and on the back of it was a picture of Shrila Prabhupada. It was a picture of Shrila Prabhupada, sitting on a cushion, head held high in a dignified pose, with eyes half closed.

   I can remember looking at the picture and thinking, wow! Look at that man, whatever he has got, I want a bit of that!

    No devotees crossed my path again for nearly six years after my encounters in Melbourne.  The next time would be when I was backpacking overseas in the United States. But that's another story. The real beginning of my Hare Krishna journey.

    But for many years Shrila Prabhupada's books kept coming across my path. So fortunate really that there were devotees spending their time getting these books out there. Personally I would not meet the distributors, but things would happen like...a neighbour would say, I've had this book (Gita as it is) for a while, but haven't read it, thought you might like it. Things like that just kept happening.

    So I feel very grateful for the Sankirtana Movement. In my life I really just wanted to explore the world and do my own thing. But Krishna had different plans. His Sankirtana Movement would not leave me alone (to continually drift in samsara); their mission was to extend mercy, and their methods were: distributing the Holy Name and Shrila Prabhupada's books.



This morning I missed the postman, but he left a card in the letter box. At the post office is a parcel of Krishna Conscious books awaiting to be picked up. Books that I hope to quietly distribute around town, to people I meet in my journeys. Just an insignificant attempt to say thanks for the mercy that would not leave me alone.


                                hari nama sankirtana-ki jaya!

                                brihat mrdanga-ki jaya!

                                maha brihat mrdanga-ki jaya!


                                    :clap:  :dance:  :clapabove: :clapabove1:


                                Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

                                                take care....Nava.


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