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Gaudiya Vaishnava reflections

We are always being guided by the Acaryas. Sometimes it is subtle, and sometimes it is blatant.

I feel that yesterday the Acaryas were being blatant. Many devotees assembled for Prasad, Art and Book distribution. Although there were many, many booths, we were located a few inches from the ISKCON booth.

All day we were interacting very nicely. The children were playing, taking Prasad, doing book distribution, preaching and playing. The adults would sometimes interact, share chairs, and purchase from each other.
The Laguna Beach devotees were very sweet, and it was a peace-full day. The kids really loved Syamarani didi’s Art. I have noticed that at other festivals, as well. The youngest kids that have come to our booth just stare at Syamarani didi’s Art, and they really want to take it home.
Shivananda Das traveled all the way from his home, more then an hour away (one way), to bring us books. Venu Gopal Das, Anjali Devi Dasi and Jai Govinda Das did such a great job preaching, and and also touched so many people with our Prasad distribution, thanks to Sahadeva Das, Venu Gopal Das (so many preps), Gaurangi Devi Dasi (samosas) and Maha Laxmi (cookies).

We also invited hundreds of people to participate in the SpiritualArtFestival.com event on June 2, 2012, featuring Syamarani didi, and open to all spiritual artists, musicians, vendors, energy healers, etc., etc.
It is such a nice and peaceful environment at Soka University, and an even greater for devotees to come together, work together and serve under Lalita Devi, as Sahadeva reminded us.
It was a great devotee effort, which in itself was great, and for me … even greater, because on another level I felt that Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada had created a bridge to bring us all together.
One family, one God, one divine mission, divine intervention…… Hopefully we can carry it forward.
Summary of our distribution (books and art donated by the GVP Sponsorship Program):
Journey of the Soul – 7, Essence of Bhagavad Gita – 4, Way of Love – 8, Soul of Book Distribution – 1 Jaiva Dharma – 1, The Butter Thief – 4Poster/Art prints – 35
We collected $200 from the books and art that will go towards sponsorship of the Open Spiritual Art Festival with Srimati Syamarani Didi.
In Service to All Vaishnavas,
Kamala didi
www.spiritualartfestival.com

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