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Name / Initiated name
Its a long story; I'll make it as painless as possible: I was offered initiation by Srila Prabhupad twice 1974 and 1977 but the last time he was so sick I opted for when he got well to be accepted in Mayapur 1978, anyway we know Iskcon history and HDG's physical body passed away before that time, so I was directed to our zonal acharya Jayatirtha prabhu in the UK and was his second disciple after Purushottam dasa (Siddha deha dasa) and was given the name Nityananda Rama dasa. Again Iskcon history Jayatirtha prabhu had some challenges and left the movement, we were in Australia at the time and was kept up to date by Bhavananda Goswami, who later offered my wife and I re-initiation, I declined saying I only ever wanted Srila Prabhupad, and after assuring me that was all he could offer me or direct me toward I did take shelter and re-established my link to Srila Prabhupad through him and was given the new name Nitai Gosai dasa 1982. Again as history recalls Bhavananda prabhu had some challenges and gave up providing his disciples and followers shelter, so for I while I took shelter of Tamal Krishna Goswami but it remained a shiksha relationship then some time after I asked Jayapataka Swami for shelter, he agreed and I was given the new name Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa in Mayapur 1990
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
at least 16 rounds
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
I first saw the devotees on Oxford Street in London in 1968 I was out shopping with my parents and at the sound of the kirtan party I said "oh look Buddhists" to which my mother sturnly said "dont you getany ideas". Within a year I'd met the devotees anumber of times I thought there was hundreds of them in London they seemed to be all over the place. I'd already become vegetarian shortly after first seeing them, and began chanting a little. George Harrisons record was a big influence so many people were chanting it was on the radio all the time, some of my friends and I used to walk around the streets as kids did back then chanting loudly, we didn't know what we were doing......it was just a cool song. 1972-73 I used to frequent the Elgin Avenue "squat temple" in Ladbrook Grove - Westbourne park where Jagjivan dasa (Berkeley) and Girivaradhari dasa (younger brother of Smarahari dasa) were based. Revatinanda swami used to visit and Ranchor prabhu was between there and Bury place, Aniha prabhu joined there too. I went to the newly opened Bhaktivedanta Manor and stayed there for a bit serving under Rajashekar prabhu (bees) and Kulashekara prabhu (kitchen) this was when Mukunda (now Goswami) suggested I take initiation from Srila Prabhupad when he comes in a few weeks. I saw HDG dancing in the Rathyatra but didn't get initiated washing pots was too much for me at that time, nearly got webbed fingers. Moved to my parent place and then to Cornwall briefly then back to London and began again visiting Bury Place and serving under Bhaja hari prabhu, Bhuvaneswar prabhu, Rohininandan prabhu, Yasyaswini mataji and Kamalaya netreya mataji. Bhajahari prabhu and Rohininandan prabhu strongly suggesting I go back to the Manor and join the newly formed Bhakta program under Danavir and Vipramukhya prabhus, so I did. I was there I met and had some memorable small interactions with the Lord of my life Srila Prabhupad. Danavir and Vipramukhya prabhus both asked me if I wanted to get initiated and foolishly I told them I did but I didn't want Srila Prabhupad to become more sick by taking my karma, so we agreed I would take in Mayapur 1978 after Prabhupad recovered. Something I have been kicking myself for doing ever since, I just had no idea HDG would pass on, I had no conception of his ever leaving us - and actually he never has.
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
"I am by nature the eternal servant of Krsna, but by misfortune, due to being inimical towards Him from time immemorial, I have been identifying with this body and have been wandering in the cycle of birth and death again and again in this material existence, being burnt by the threefold miseries. Now, as a result of some unimaginable good fortune, by the mercy of my spiritual master, I know that I am the eternal servant of Krsna, that I am an infinitesimal spiritual being, completely apart from the gross and subtle body. Now, by the order of my spiritual master, following in his footsteps, I have obtained the good fortune of being able to serve his lotus feet as well as the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Radha-Syamasundara." naham vipro na ca nara-patir napi vaisyo na sudro naham varni na ca grha-patir no vanastho yatir va kintu prodyan nikhila paramananda-purnamrtabdher gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah "I am not a brahmana; I am not a ksatriya; nor am I a vaisya or a sudra. Neither am I a brahmacari, nor a grhastha, nor a vanaprastha, nor a sannyasi, but I am simply the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of the eternally self-manifesting ocean of nectar of the highest bliss, the master of the gopis, Sri Krsna." (Padyavali 74)
What are your expectations from this community?
am always hopeful
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?