News from Montreal
By Syama-priya dasi
Something happened when I entered New Vraj. Everything became sweeter… Of course, the first day, I felt like poo, but that’s part of the process… I think. After that, I started to get to know the members of my new spiritual family one by one: one on one, in a group, during kirtan, on stage…and what struck me, what enchanted me to my core, was how sweet and how loving everyone is. I did not have the chance to meet Srila Gurudeva while he was here, but in Badger I felt I met Gurudeva face-to-face everyday as I connected with devotees and felt his strong loving presence in each of your hearts. Vrndavan and New Braj are the only places I feel really at Home in this world, and it’s my spirit brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers Love and Affection that make it so. Srila Gurudeva has given you his heart in exchange for yours and has obviously decided to make yours his Forever home.
I couldn’t go home without taking with me many souvenirs of the unforgettably heartwarming week I spent in New Vraj. Among some of my favorite souvenirs was the entire collection of Kishori Mohan and Sudevi dasi’s cd’s to play at my shop. It’s a nice little importation and art gift shop in one of the more colourful areas of Montreal.
I’ve set up a little upright CD rack on the counter, perfect for displaying Srila Prabhupada’s and Srila Gurudeva’s small books for sale. The amazing thing is: people used to buy books every once in a while…but since day 1 of playing Kishori Mohan and Sudevi’s CD’s, books are flying off the shelf! The very first day, within an hour of opening, a young lady came in and the Maha-mantra was playing. She asked me what Hare Krishna meant, and was very touched by the answer. She was from out of town and really wanted to buy a copy. Somehow, by divine arrangement, I just happened to have an extra copy of that particular CD, so she went home with the Maha-Mantra!
No more than two hours later, a man walked in to buy some incense, came to the counter to pay and chose to take FOUR books home with him: Srila Prabhupada’ s Chant and be Happy, The Higher Taste Cook Book, Introduction to Bhagavad-Gita and our Srila Gurudeva’s Way of Love! I’m so thrilled and amazed at how easy it is to distribute books when the Maha-Mantra is being delivered so sweetly to the core of people’s hearts. They’re so attracted to the books, they just pick one up, leaf through it and all I have to say is what a wonderful little book it is and they give me a donation for it! Then i give them some Maha candy i keep by the cash and a mini-mala from Vrndavan to chant on and I let them know I’m there for them when they have questions. This happens ALL the time )
Kishori Mohan and Sudevi dasi’s sweet service to Gurudeva and Gauranga are touching so many hearts here in Montreal, Canada and all over the world. Who knows who’s the next person waiting to be touched by the sweetness sound of the Maha-mantra? It sure makes mine, my colleagues and my customer’s days brighter and helps me distribute books too! I’ll have to bring a bigger suitcase next time I’m in Vrndavan just to keep up with the book demand here. And they’ve told me I can make copies of the CD’s and distribute those too. Haribol!
Thank you so much Kishori Mohan and Sudevi for touching hearts all over the world with Mahaprabhu’s greatest gift and for being shining transmitters of Guru and Radha-Krishna’s Limitless Love and Affection! Millions of dandavats to you!
MahaMantra ki Kay! Gurudeva ki Jay!