By Madhava Smullen
In honor of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th birth anniversary, a special Zoom series for teens and youth will run this August, in which Prabhupada disciples will share memories of serving the ISKCON Founder-Acharya during their own youth.
Sitalila Dasi of ISKCON Sydney, Australia, a mentor and certified counselor who helps run Sunday Schools and youth camps, is organizing the “Prabhupada Special Series” with her husband Sumedha Gauranga Das. The two are co-directors of Teen Tweet Club, which nurtures teens holistically and has already offered a number of online spiritual seminars.
Around 125 youth aged 12 to 18 have registered for the Prabhupada Special Series from Australia and other countries that overlap with its timezone such as the UK, the Netherlands, India and Nepal. The series will consist of four 90-minute Zoom sessions on successive Saturdays – August 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.
“This has always been on my mind since I moved to Sydney, as there are many disciples of Srila Prabhupada here,” Sitalila comments. “In the past, I had tried to organize a get-together, but it didn't happen for logistical reasons. I personally love hearing Srila Prabhupada's katha a lot, and that's how I connect more deeply with him. I was also thinking that most of Srila Prabhupada's disciples must have been in their teens or youth when they joined the movement, yet they joined with enthusiasm and dedicated the best years of their lives to serving Srila Prabhupada.
“Now, many of them are leaving this world, so I thought that today's youth should be brought closer to the association of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, which is becoming rarer as time progresses. The youth are our future and it is our duty to bring them closer to our Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada. By hearing directly from Prabhupada's disciples, today's youth can understand how they experienced Srila Prabhupada's love and feel that love themselves.”
Twelve Prabhupada disciples, many of them from Australia, will participate in the series – three on each Saturday.
The first Zoom session, on Saturday August 7th, will feature Indradyumna Swami, Ambika Devi Dasi, and Pratapana Das.
Read more: https://iskconnews.org/senior-devotees-share-prabhupada-memories-with-youth-for-125th-anniversary-zoom-series,7946/