By Madhava Smullen
A Bond of Love, a series of online interviews that began as a promotional strategy for the book of the same name, sees Vaishnavi disciples of Srila Prabhupada sharing their memories and realizations about their spiritual master twice a month, and thus connecting multiple generations with ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya.
The series is livestreamed every alternate Saturday around 11am PST on the Vaishnavi Ministry North America Facebook page and Youtube channel simultaneously, although times vary to accommodate interviewees from different timezones.
The interview series is inspired by the 600-page book A Bond of Love: Srila Prabhupada and His Daughters, in which over 300 Vaishnavis share memories of their interactions with Srila Prabhupada, and discuss how he impacted their lives. According to publisher Mayapriya Dasi of Bookwrights Press, the intention of the book is to “document Srila Prabhupada’s exchanges with his female disciples for the benefit of existing and future members of ISKCON, as well as for anyone interested in knowing more about our beloved spiritual master and how he deeply and personally affected the lives of his beloved female disciples (spiritual daughters).”
The accompanying interview series begin in December 2020, soon after A Bond of Love was released, as a way to promote the book and hear from the Vaishnavis who shared in its pages.
Organized by Vaishnavi Minister for North America Govinda-Priya Dasi as well as Ministry members Carly, Victoria, Tiffany, and Shyama Sakhi, the series also aims to give devotees a chance to hear from Srila Prabhupada’s disciples while they are still present with us.
So far interviewees have included GBC Malati Dasi, who was sent by Srila Prabhupada to bring Krishna consciousness to the UK; author Visakha Dasi, who served as Prabhupada’s official photographer and is now the temple president at Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK; Shrutirupa Dasi from Alachua, who served as Srila Prabhupada’s cook; and author and preacher Narayani Dasi, who served Srila Prabhupada in his time by doing deity worship and traveling book distribution.
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