Big Bear Yoga Festival

Posted on August 26, 2015 by admin-vasanti

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Shivananda Sena dasa, Krsnamayi dasi and I spent this past weekend in the beauty of Big Bear – 7,000 feet elevation in the San Bernardino Mountains, California, at the Big Bear Yoga Festival. It was a very quiet and peaceful festival. Though even with few people in attendance, we always meet nice and sincere people, and are enlivened when we see even one of Srila Gurudeva’s books enter the hands and home of one person. We remember Srila Gurudeva saying about book distribution, “They did for Srila Prabhupada, why not for me?” So, any opportunity for a booth at a festival, we are grateful to be engaged in this way.

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Some enlivening stories are as follows:

One 8 year old girl saw a poster of Krsna in the booth and said to her mother, “That’s Him, that’s Krsna, the one I saw in the movie.” Her mother told me she found a movie on her tablet and I asked, “Was it Krsna, the darling of Vrndavana?” And the child said it was and continued to tell her mother about the evil king. She was drawn to the Govardhana coloring book and got all 3 coloring books we had, as well as 2 posters.

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I saw one guy wearing neckbeads so I called out, “Haribol!” He came over and shared that he loves bhakti and stayed in an Iskcon temple in Florence when he was going to school in Italy. He lives quite close to Krsnamayi and Shiva in LA and we invited him to the next program there on Janmastami. He spent some time talking with Shiva and joined us Sunday morning for a kirtan in our booth. Shiva gave him Bhajan Rahasya and Jaiva Dharma.

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One woman came to the booth and said her husband was a veteran and looking into Buddhism. We gave her a Bhagavad-gita for her husband and she was so happy to bring him a new, spiritual book. Her aunt also works in a prison and she is going to tell her about our prison program.

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We hope to participate in this festival again next summer. We suggested to the organizer that she brings in more kirtan (and recommended the New Braj Kirtan Group).

We are grateful to all the donors of the GVP Sponsorship Program who make it possible for us to participate in having a booth at festivals.

Transcendental Book Distribution ki jaya!