Name / Initiated name
Melissa Leanne Finch
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
I first came in contact with the Hare Krishna movement when I was a child vacationing in Laguna Beach. I saw a devotee chanting on a street corner. In 1997 I was given a pendant of Sri Lord Krishna. Earlier this year, the founders of Yogalution Studio in Long Beach, California introduced me back to the movement. I came across a biography on Srila Prahupada in May of this year. The following month I discovered and met His Holiness Radhanath Swami at Yogalution studio where he kindly signed his autobiography and accepted my sincere gratitude. I humbly requested some sincere advice from him. He told me to call to Krishna. I have been strictly practicing Krishna Conciousness and bhakti since June 11, 2014.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
I have visited the Laguna Beach Temple and the LA temple in California.
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
I have 3 cats that I love. I have a strong desire to educate people about animal rights, marine conservation and compassion towards nature. I have practiced neo pagan and earth based religions such as Wicca for the past 17 years. My background in Wicca which teaches and encourages a supreme love, respect and compassion to nature has helped me become an aspiring devotee of Krishna.
What are your expectations from this community?
I hope to meet open-minded devotees who are willing to share their journey, patience and encouragement with me.
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
I love to paint and engage myself in creative writing! Those are services I can offer with a dedicated heart. I am willing to help in any way I can when it comes to dealing with material addiction!