Name / Initiated name
Jaya Rama Dasa
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
High school friend, Prabupada devotee introduced me to ISKCON. We even hitchhiked from Atlanta to New Orleans just for Ratha Yatra. Lived in Atlanta temple as brahmacari Sep-Dec 1977. Had association with Svarupa Damodara and Sadaputa dasa around that time. Also had association with Balavanta working to defend naturopathic doctor from prosecution. Had been travelling a lot with my work since. Settled down in Washington DC area since 2011.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
Washington DC (Braja Bihari, Anuttama, Devaprasta, Caitanya Nitai, Ananda Vridavan, Jahnava, Raghunandana & Jayanti), Have been to many temples, including Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta (Balabhadra), Chicago, Hillsborough NC. Also visited New Talavan. Have been to Gita Nagari numerous times (Dhruva, Parijata)
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
Located in Washington DC area looking for association with devotees. Currently, financially unable to travel. I have extensive computer/IT experience. Kalahansi devi dasi loves to make garlands. Son, Mike, attended TKG Academy (Dallas gurukula) briefly. He likes computer audiovisual arts. We all like the performing arts, dance. I completed bhakti sastri January 2012. Harinama diksa December 2012. Gayatri initiation on Radhastami 2014! Currently engaged in Bhakti Vaibhava study. Have completed TTC1, awaiting TTC2. Currently engaged in service in various areas pertaining to deity service, education and information security. Also involved in effort to create a virtual IT department for ISKCON under the Temple Development and Systems/Administration division. This project is known as ISKCON IT Seva . org. LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmwillis Current business websites: http://www.pINFOSEC.com
What are your expectations from this community?
Increase association with devotees. Make connections for full time or part time service.
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
Interests include: using computer, technical and management talents in Krishna's service in the areas of Youth Ministry, Bhaktivedanta Institute, bhakti sastri, Festival of India, Food for Life, temple/community administration, and education. Family is ready and accustomed to travel (not independently wealthy). Always interested in opportunities to serve part-time and possibly full-time, depending on the timing and the opportunity. Opportunities part-time telecommuting ($ would be nice) or in-person full-time. Any service that increases association with devotees. Preference is full-time living/working environment that is Krishna conscious (community) and can utilize the entire family (Kalahansi can help with typical mataji tasks, Mike can fix computers/program/websites and do audiovisual projects). Not interested in "business opportunities". I am capable of most any task. Currently, my professional focus is on international standards & protocols, teaching, and information security.