Monday, June 18, 2012

Mr. Enthusiasm

Hare Krishna Youth Bus Tour 2011 in L.A.
The day before last year's Los Angeles Ratha Yatra festival, the temple neighborhood was buzzing with activity. The kitchen had been cooking for thousands, vanloads of flowers were being delivered to be strung into garlands to decorate the carts in the parade. Happy reunions were celebrated with hugs, visitors wandered in amazement. In the midst of all this, our two busloads of Krishna teenagers enjoyed the excitement and the opportunity for the boy's bus to mix with the girl's.
Vaisesika approached such a mixed group,"I've got a challenge for you, an assignment. Are you up for it?"
"What is it? What do you want us to do?" Teenage giggling, boys trying to look cool...
"Well, I can't tell you unless you agree first that you will do it and try your best."
He had captured their interest, their curiosity and sense of adventure.
"What is it?"
"I can't tell you, it's against the rules."
They looked at each other, smiled, laughed. They were here for fun. If helping is fun then we might as well."OK"
"Great ! Welcome to team potato racket ! Put your hands in."
They made a circle, putting their right hands in. In that huddle Vaisesika gave their running orders as if they were in a spy movie," We need you to locate appropriate boxes from the recycling bin for all the potato rackets in the kitchen."
They don't know where the kitchen is, the recycling bin or even what a potato racket is, but the presentation is so much fun, they all laugh, ready to go.
"Now the record for this was set last year at exactly...", Vaisesika glances at his watch,"..47 minutes and 14 seconds. Do you think you can beat that ?"
They run at full speed, gathering the boxes and filling them with crunchy potato rackets, a snack item to be served at the next
day's festival. 

An hour later I see Vaisesika organizing several devotees to make packets of books to be given away. "This is the No Book Left Behind program established by our president."

  Wherever he goes Vaisesika infuses the situation with his contagious enthusiasm. Because of this, a crowd gathers around like clouds around a tall mountain. I've never seen them appear disappointed, he never fails to deliver.

Vaisesika will be in Hillsborough for a brief visit. The purpose of this visit is to inspire us to present spiritual books to complete strangers.Even if you have no intention of following through in this adventure, you are welcome to this seminar and get the opportunity to meet him face to face.


Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1 2012
We are excited to announce that Vaisesika Dasa will be visiting North Carolina to train devotees in the fun and glorious art of book distribution. He will not only conduct seminars and give practical tips about book distribution, but he will also give devotees a chance to taste the sweetness of distributing transcendental literature through direct experience. He has been described as a "spiritual sonic boom" and "book distribution incarnate." Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, states that "Book distribution is the greatest welfare activity to this world". People are eternally benefitted by these books, both the distributor and the receiver. Don't miss this opportunity to relish the nectar and spiritual benefit of giving Krishna to others!

We are building a team and taking down names of people who would like to join the Monthly Sankirtan Festival on an ongoing basis, beginning with initial training by HG Vaisesika Dasa. If you are interested in joining or would just like to know a little more about it, please contact Lila-sakti Devi Dasi at or 919.448.5178 cell/919.883.2204 hp.  

Vaisesika Prabhu is a disciple of ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. For thirty-six years Vaisesika Prabhu has been traveling, lecturing, counseling and inspiring devotees and other serious aspirants of spiritual life throughout the world. Vaisesika Dasa is founder and inspiration of many projects including the National Sankirtan Team, Sankirtan Strategies Foundation, Motel Gita, Monthly Sankirtan Festival, Weekend Warriors, and many more. http://v

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