Santa Cruz, California
Name / Initiated name
Svarupa Das His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
Been chanting 4 rounds a day for the past 6 months or so. My round chanting has been sporadic at best for as long as I can remember
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
Introduced to Hare Krishnas in 1969. Saw them chanting in Cambridge Common, Boston in July of '69. My childhood friend Jimmy Feldman (Yamunacharya) joined temple in NY in August of same year and then I joined the following month (61 Second Avenue).
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
Joined ISKCON in '69 -- worked with ISKCON Press (BBT) Married Kanka Dasi and had two sons and a daughter Remarried and have a son with second wife Split from ISKCON in '79 when things got chaotic and I couldn't agree with what was taking place.
What are your expectations from this community?
Shmoozing with elevated souls. I am certainly not a gurukuli (I'm 57 years old). My three sons and my daughter all went to gurukula in ISKCON at one time or another --- in L.A., New Vrindaban and Vrindaban, India. They are all devotees today as well as my stepdaughter and stepson who is a sannyasi. My sister is also an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada and so is my ex-wife and my present wife as well as her brother (who joined ISKCON in 1967).