Gaudiya Girls 2013

Posted on July 21, 2013 by admin-vasanti

Gaudiya Girls 2013 Tour Report

Dear Devotees,

Dandavat pranams! All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga! This year marks our second book distribution and art tour under the guidance of our beloved Srimati Syamarani Didi, a very senior and elevated disciple of our dearmost Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Ten of Srila Gurudeva’s daughters convened in Los Angeles, California, at the house of Krsna Mayi Dasi and Sivananda Seva Prabhu, who generously took us in. Coming from all different parts of the country & world, our tour was an attempt to fulfill his innermost desire and spread this gaudiya philosophy. Hence, the name of our group is the “Gaudiya Girls”.

Starting from May 23th, on the auspicious appearance of Lord Narasimhadeva, we started each day with Mangala Arati, tulasi-parikrama, bhajans, and then harikatha from both Srila Gurudeva and Syamarani Didi, followed by prasadam seva. :”I found this particularly poignant for our tour because then when we went out on book distribution it was very obvious in our minds that Srila Gurudeva was with us, guiding us and blessing us every step of the way” (Chaitanya shakti). Setting out every day in the early morning, we then loaded our van with the treasure chest of divine knowledge and windows to the spiritual world; boxes of books written by Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gurudeva and posters of Syamarani Didi’s artwork. Wandering the streets, parking lots, and busy downtown areas of LA, we tried our best to give Gurudeva’s message of divine love, peace, and harmony to all we met. Some of the places that we went to included Venice beach, Hollywood Blvd, and Artesia Blvd (little india). We also attended many different music festivals, such as Topanga Days and UCLA Reggae Fest. While many simply passed us and continued on their way, others stopped and were drawn in by the beauty and simplicity of our message.

We are happy to announce that this year’s tour has been a complete success! In just under three weeks we have distributed over 3375 books and raised over $2800 for Gurudeva’s book publishing. But moreover, the real success of the tour has been the countless lives that have been forever changed by coming in contact with Gurudeva and our guru varga through their books. We would therefore like to share with you all today some of the very positive experiences and connections that we made while book distributing:

Jaya Sri:  “I know I came into book distribution with some apprehension but while on tour I discovered that once I made an effort to connect with people, my inspiration only grew. Some people would ask for hugs, others would leave smiling, some were seekers with questions, others just felt that we were a positive group of girls and liked the vibe of the love we were sharing. The souls we met were like unlit flames waiting for their chance to be illuminated by Srila Gurudeva and we were his little instruments.”

Indumati: “Having this experience on the tour I feel Srila Gurudeva really stripped me of some of my insecurities. One being the obvious, approaching people on the street and having conversations. In actuality they are all suffering souls, and deep inside they really want these scriptures. Whether it is Srila Gurudeva’s causeless mercy, or someones sukrti I cannot explain in words how amazing it feels to be that middle person. In so many ways this tour has changed my idea of how important His books are and how important it is that they be out amongst every living entity”.

Vasanti: “It is incredible the magic that happens on book distribution. It imparts faith that Guru and Krsna are really directing the wanderings of all. One day it was such an obstacle to get out of the house for some reason. I got this feeling that it was happening for a reason. I said, “There must be someone suffering at home right now who will be on the same street corner  as us and needs a book.” Turns out, that we indeed ran into a devotee who had not been associating with devotees for some time. We talked for awhile and she cried when hearing about Gurudeva and seeing us distributing books. I am always amazed at the workings of our Gurudeva.  (She came to our program after having not come to programs for a long time.) We all learned so much about ourselves, about bhakti, about guru-seva and dedication. I can’t wait for next year and Syamarani didi says she hopes there will be a minimum of  17 girls next year!”

Govinda Sundari: “What to say about the Gaudiya Girls tour?! First of all, I would like to say how lucky I feel to have been able to spend time with such awesome ladies! Syamarani didi was constantly inspiring us not only to distribute Srila Gurudeva’s books, but to go deeply into our own chanting and also to understand the inner meaning of our devotional practices. Personally, this type of instruction was very necessary in my life and I know it was Gurudeva’s mercy to put me in her association. I would like to give a special shout out to Radha dasi for her passion for distributing Gurudeva’s books and her dedication to this seva. She is amazing. Another amazing lady who is deserving of more praise than I can express is Vasanti – she is simply wonderful. Her presence is always comforting & her steadfast seva is something I can only aspire to. I have been very enlivened by the experience and am so grateful for this opportunity!”

Chaitanya-Shakti: “One of my favorite encounters was with one man at an art festival near Glendale. This man came up to the table and started to ask me about our beliefs, our customs, and the core messages in each book. I answered all of his questions and explained the philosophy as best I could. I got to speak to him about how extraordinary a person Srila Gurudeva is, why me and my godsisters followed him for so long, and how we always felt loved; I even went so far as to tell some pastimes of Srila Gurudeva in which he does miraculous things that are out-of-this-world things only a pure devotee could do. The man was very impressed by our descriptions of Srila Gurudeva and gave a donation for three books. I was so happy by this particular experience because I got to glorify Srila Gurudeva.”

This tour has not only profoundly touched others lives, but those of the gaudiya girls themselves. Every one of our gaudiya girls remarks how amazing it has been to serve alongside one another. Chaitanya Shakti reflects this mood by stating that “one of my favorite things is that I feel like I am part of a gana (family). I am in a group that has the same goal, under the same tutor, serving the same person, all with love and affection, room for learning and mistakes, and encouragement, and an underlying motto of “keep going.” One of our most prominent Gaudiya Girls, Jaya Sri dasi says that,  “Being with all my sisters made me feel stronger as a community, and connected to Gurudeva’s spark in each of them. Making relationships with my sisters centered around this seva is one of the many gifts Gurudeva is giving while doing book distribution and I feel so very lucky to know each of them.” Chaitanya-Shakti dasi adds, “I found it very amazing and sweet how hard each and every one of my fellow Gaudiya Girls worked to please Srila Gurudeva, not only out on book distribution but also at the house we stayed at and at the large programs we held. As a result, even when things wrong everything was still good, by Srila Gurudeva’s heartly blessings.

To end our tour, we held a public house program centered around kirtan and transcendental artwork, which was attended by both devotees and those that we had met during book distribution. Another Gaudiya Girl reports, “ It was very satisfying and wonderful to see personally how these people had come from all over the Los Angeles area, some even with difficult circumstances, to attend the program. It was very powerful to see sukrti working within them in this way. Just see how merciful Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada are to push us to distribute these books. They give us the energy to do it and they certainly orchestrate it all.” On the same note, Vasanti reflects that “one man came whom the girls had met just a few hours prior in the parking lot at Walmart. He went there to buy a part for his car and it turned out that he already had the part at home!”

We then ended the evening with dessert of two kinds, one in the form of prasadam and the other of books and posters, which were eagerly grabbed up. Indumati writes “By evidence of our last program, Srila Gurudeva’s books CHANGE LIVES! So many people we met out on the streets/festivals came and could feel His presence.” At the end of the event, everyone went home satisfied in their bellies and their hearts. Indeed by the end of the tour, by being in constant engagement and association, everyone felt more enlivened and inspired to continue on in their individual seva to Srila Gurudeva.

 

Therefore, we cannot fail to thank our most dear and beloved, number one gaudiya girl, Syamarani Didi, without whom this book tour would not have been able to manifest. Chaitanya Shakti notes that “on the Gaudiya Girls experience, Syamarani didi is not only our leader and teacher, but also our dear friend, instructing us on the art of book distribution and showing us by example how to be strong devotees and please Srila Gurudeva. She has so much wisdom and sweetness to share.” We would also like to thank our generous hosts, Krsna Mayi Dasi and Sivananda Prabhu. Govinda Sundari notes that “Not only are they giving us such a wonderful place to stay, but their presence is greatly encouraging & they are excellent at making the Gaudiya Girls fun filled”.

 

We would also like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors for their love and support. It would indeed have been impossible to make this tour happen without your help. While one twig is easily broken, a large bundle of sticks tied together is very hard to destroy. Similarly, all of your collective support has given us the strength and opportunity to fulfill Srila Gurudeva’s desire of one society working harmoniously together.

 

We urge and encourage all to take part in this very important endeavor of book distribution in any way they can. Gurudeva has put so much of his energy and given us so much through his books that we cannot even comprehend how to pay him back. This tour has been our very small and insignificant endeavor in returning all that Gurudeva has given us. JayaSri writes, “I know  that when I think of Srila Prabhupada’s young devotees who were giving their every breath to distributing his books, I feel ashamed at how little I am capable of doing. I pray that any small effort I’ve given will somehow be able to grow by the mercy of Srila Gurudeva and Vaisnavas.”

 

In the following years and tours to come, we hope to meet many more people and continue sharing Gurudeva’s mood of loving exchange with all the jivas. “Like the carousel at the Santa Monica pier, Srila Gurudeva is the unifying interest around which the Gaudiya Girls twirl. When we are distributing his heart and soul, like so many have said, especially while under the guidance of one of his dearest, Srimati Syamarani didi, we can only pray he is pleased with our endeavors.” (Jayasri)

 

Srila Gurudeva ki jaya!

Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

Transcendental book distribution ki jaya!

 

Aspiring to be your servants and begging for the mercy of the Vaisnavas,

Mallika Dasi, on behalf of

Gaudiya Girls 2013

[To see a slideshow of  numerous pictures taken from this years tour, please go to:

http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow-maker/d5043556k8921554o1/gaudiya-girls]

 

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED:

Bhagavad-Gita: 62

Bhajan Rahasya:  6

Bhakti Rasayana: 46

Bhakti Tattva Viveka:  16

Brahma Samita:   24

Butter Thief: 146

Damodarastakam:  165

Essence of Bhagavad-gita: 305

Gopi Gita:  44

Harmony:  10

Jaiva-dharma: 71

Journey of the Soul: 30

My Siksa Guru Priya Bandhu: 19

Moonbeam of Complete Astonishment: 87

Nectar of Govinda Lila:  56

Origin of Rath-yatra:  8

Pinnacle of Devotion: 40

Prema Samput: 46

Secret Truths of the Bhagavatam: 26

Secrets of the Undiscovered Self: 1000

Siksastakam: 6

Siva Tattva:  108

Vaisnava Siddhanti Mala: 15

Venu Gita: 39

Way of Love: 1000

TOTALY: 3375

 

Spanish:

Way of Love: 54

Bhajan Rahasya: 36

Bhagavad Gita: 13

Essence of Gita: 17

Jaiva Dharma: 9

Beyond Lib: 78

Manah Siksa  5

Jaiva-dharma CD  5

TOTAL: 217

FINANCIAL REPORT:

GAUDIYA GIRLS
RECORD OF EXPENSES  (for 05/24/12 – 06/02/12)

BOOKS

BHOGA

SUPPLIES

CAR/GAS

OTHER

$3,047

$121

$33.43

$112

$5.44

$125.37

$8.71

$41

$350 Utilities

$98.74

$34.00

$50.35

$98.65

$106

$53.68

$101

$40.18

$1,433.38

$97.90

$9

$45.04

$6

$51.18

$176.08

$86.95

$122.09

$23.84

$3,047

$1,140.70

$77.14

$1,859

$355.44

TOTAL:

$6,479.25

  

INCOME REC’D
05/25/12 – 06/8/12

BOOKS

DONATIONS

$235 –
$55.91 -VENICE

$2,870

$168.53 -UCLA

$60

$100 – WALMART

$108

$104 -WALMART

$54

$66.31-HWOOD

$500

$419.68 -ARTESIA

$50

$745 -PASADENA

$163

$102.28 – ART FEST

$101

$209.43 VENICE & WALMART

$51

$124 PRAMENADE

$501

$109.39 -WALMART

$25

$76.23

$50

$248

$400

$286

301.37

$3,351.13

$4,933

   
TOTAL:

$8,284.13

 

Remarks:

Total Income for 05/23/13 – 06/09/13

$8,284.1

Less:
Total Expenses for 05/23/13 – 06/09/13

$6,479.2

SUB-TOTAL:

$1,804.8

ADD:
NET Total from “Topanga”

$710

NET TOTAL:

$2,898.8