Name / Initiated name
Arjun C Patel
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
I came into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement in London, UK in 2014. I and my two Indian friends were roaming around on Kingston High street on a weekend, when we came across two devotees from ISKCON distributing books. One senior lady named Nalini mathaji and a Devotee of almost my age named Vijey. After a brief introduction about me and my friends, i purchased "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" from them. They asked for my contact details and i gave them my contact number & e-mail through which they sent invitation for future Kirtan and lecture events and asked us to attend. So that's how my journey in Krishna Consciousness began.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
The nearest and most visited temple is the ISKCON Soho temple, Central London. i also visited routine kirtan and lecture events at Wimbledon centre (Every 3rd Friday) and Croydon centre (Every 4th Friday). I knew a few devotees there: Nalini ji, Vijey, Ras Vilas
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
Basically, my spiritual journey for God Realization started a couple of years back when my i picked up a book "Jaya' by Devdutt Patnaik on a friend's suggestion in the motive to understand Krishna lila in the Mahabharata. The reading gave me all together new perspective and strongly propelled me to initiate my spiritual journey. And after numerous such events, i was finally introduced to Krishna Consciousness by the ISKCON devotees i met in London. So, a strong urge to attain Absolute Truth or God consciousness drives me everyday. I make all the efforts in all spheres of yoga - karma, jnana, and bhakti in order to remain un-attached to the material energy and consequently go to higher planes of consciousness.
What are your expectations from this community?
I have a lot of high expectations from this community as i believe: 1. It will help me in my journey for KC through various discussions. 2. I can get answer to my doubts with the help of senior devotees. 3. The guidance provided by all the senior and other devotees is very important for my journey to KC. 4. I will have a chance of meeting various devotees from around the world and share the nectar of Srila Prabhupada's literary works. 5. I will have all the necessary information regarding how the daily practices are to be performed.
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
As i am not initiated devotee right now, the service i would like to provide Lord Krishna is that whatever work i do at my job, i offer it to Him. Other then that, I would love to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books to people so that they can have a chance to experience KC. And for devotees, i would love to share all that i know in KC and do the best i can to help the devotee progress in his/her journey for KC. Hare Krishna!!!