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?
when I was younger, my mother mentioned "Hare Krishna" many times, then I painted simple painting of Lord Nrsimha. Years later, a client of mine recommended a vegetarian restaurant (Kalachandji's restaurant at the Dallas temple), when I went there I was impressed by the devotees. I kept in contact for some time, asking questions, and offered food on a simple altar. In 2002 a man, who was supposed to take care of me when I was ill, struck me while I lay in the bed, severely injuring and leaving me to die. I knew I had to get in contact with devotees. Devotees from Dallas temple brought incense, garlands, pictures of Krishna, prasadam, ganga water, carnmrita, and tulasi leaves. Mahat Tattva in California sent a package of cassette tapes, including maha mantra. After carnmrita, speaking to devotees, and listening to the mantra, an ambulance took me to the hospital. I listened to the tapes and the Lord's names 24/7 by headphones on an auto-reverse player. Have been attending Dallas temple since Jan 2004. I met HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj April 10 2005. I was engaged to Vidagdha Madhava prabhu ("Music" on Desire Tree Network) since 2007. We served with Food For Life together, and constructed a Ratha Yatra parade cart. He has many years with the temple here, and has been very helpful instructing me. Vidagdha and I had garland exchange ceremony at the end of July 2010. He left his body December 10, 2010.
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.
I want to learn to serve and love Krishna, and the devotees of Krishna.