Philly Shakti Chant Fest

Posted on July 16, 2015 by admin-vasanti

A week after the Philly VegFest, my Mother and I went to another festival we ventured to last year called the Philly Shakti Chant Festival. This year, although there were less people, it did not detract from the sweet and inquisitive people we met. There were a few old faces we remembered, but everyone was mostly new. Those who we met last year and who took a painting came to tell us that they framed the painting and have it hanging nicely in their living rooms, on their shelves or on their altars. Shiva das, one of head organizers, was the first to stop by the table to get a small Seva Kunja painting for the altar they set up inside (you can see the painting in the front on the bottom shelf). Last year, he got Manini Radha for the altar, which you can see is on the far right in the photo from last year.

Altar this year                                                            Altar last year


Another organizer, Jimmy, who is now also a good friend already took several books from last year. This year, however, he did not want anything at first, but my Mother convinced him to take something. He took The Higher Taste for his wife and told us a few days after the festival that she loves it!

Mindy, who was in the booth behind us, seemed to recognize my Mother from somewhere. She was very receptive and we wound up having a conversation for close to 30 minutes.

Another person we met, named Christine, was very knowledgable and simply amazing. As we were explaining the philosophy and discussing about the soul, she added a quote by French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”She already had a few translations of the Bhagavad Gita and was very hesitant to get another. But in the end, after much explanation about the purity of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, she did come back to get that and the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita.

Melissa loved the concept of the IPBYS Prison Program and explained that she currently does yoga for rehab centers. She took several books, as well the Govardhana Lila coloring book for her son. She is in the process of getting in contact with the Bucks County Prison system to see if they are interested in what she has to offer. Once she gets in touch with someone, she will also be contacting the IPBYS Prison Program to see that books can be donated to the prison library.

April spoke to my Mother for a long time about several topics.. She had visited the table earlier, but did not have a donation to give. We told her that it was not a problem and to still take something. She politely refused and later that day, came back with a donation and got several books and a painting.

Deva Vidya was one of the familiar faces we remembered from last year. She was one of the vendors and has her own kirtan group. She is truly a woman of many talents. This year, our tables faced each other whereas last year, we were a little further away. She brought many inquisitive people to our table and would explain to them about the paintings. Her memory was so good because she remembered many of the explanations from last year. She is considering having us come to distribute some books at her studio at one of the kirtan nights and having us discuss a little about bhakti yoga.

It was such a wonderful day! We are praying for more opportunities like this to share Srila Gurudeva’s and our Guru Parampara’s mercy and teachings.

Jaya Srila Gurudeva!! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!! Rupanuga Guru Varga ki Jaya!!

Aspiring for service to Sri Hari, Sri Guru, and the Vaishnavas,
Anuradha dasi