Blandford Forum, Dorset, Southern England
Name / Initiated name
Sam David Smith, or Samji (a nickname my father has for me)
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
My parents are devotees. When young, my mother gave my father a copy of Srila Prabhupada's Sri Isopanisad, as he was very interested in yoga and mantras and such. He read it, and from then on, he had been a devotee ever since. He lived in the ISKCON London temple, and he did book distribution for four years. My father however did not take diksa initiation, nor my mother, but he has taught me very well over the years. Whatever I ask, he'd always answer from what he knew from Prabhupada's books, therefore I see my father as my life long (siksa) guru, and Srila Prabhupada as my eternal spiritual master. Later in life I intend on going to the Bhaktivedanta Manor and ISKCON London, and hopefully Mayapur and Vrindavan. And maybe a few temples in America like New York (of course, the birth place of the maha-mantra in the West), Los Angeles or New Vrindavan.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
The temple I go to the most, which isn't terribly often, is the Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford. I did go to London's Ratha-yatra in 2014, and then went to the temple itself on Janmastami later the same year, and oh how i wish i could lay my eyes upon the beautiful and colourful deities of ISKCON-London again.