Name / Initiated name
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
Met a bramhachari in 1993, who sold my mum a copy of "As-it-is". Book landed in my hungry to read hands, and I was hooked. It wasn't until I was 19, some nine years later, that I first visited a temple, but I had many encounters with Krishna's devotee's in those years.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
New Varshana, Auckland, New Zealand. First visited: ISKCON East Hartford. Pyari Mohan dasa. Jiva dd. (Connecticut) Madhavananda dasa. (Los Angeles) Partha-sarathi dd. Madri dd. Hari Priya dd (New Zealand)...
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
Busy, single mum of four little Vaishnavis (Radhe Shyam and Sadhana Bhakti - twins aged 7. Nitya-priya, 5. Vedavati, 3.) We live in a bush clad area of Auckland, New Zealand, away from the humdrum of suburban and city living. My children go to a small, intimate enviroschool, and I spend much of my time being a mother, chanting, reading, and not much else really. I am an artist (thank you Krishna), and spend whatever little free time I have drawing/painting/singing. Two of my children have specific learning disabilities - Nitya has Dyspraxia/ADHD/Sensory Integration Disorder, and Radhe has Asperger Syndrome (or High Functioning Autism). I also have a dx' of Asperger Syndrome.
What are your expectations from this community?
As someone with ASD (autism spectrum disorder/asperger syndrome) I have a hard time connecting with people socially, so I am hoping to really connect with some deep, serious, wonderful devotees here.
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
Absolutely anything that I can.