Philly VegFest

Posted on July 12, 2015 by admin-vasanti

On June 6th, my Mother and I went to PhillyVeg Fest. This festival brings together many vendors and helps promote vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. Since this was the focus of the festival, I decided to make some more brochures about Vegetarianism and Bhakti Yoga, Karma, and Reincarnation in addition to having the books and paintings. The wind was so strong that some of the paintings flew off the table. Heavy rainclouds hovered over the festival for the start of the day, however, Sri Krishna is so kind that He only allowed a very light drizzle. Then it was just beautiful sunshine for the rest of the day.

We met several inquisitive and spiritually inclined individuals, who wanted to understand the philosophy behind yoga. The very first person we met was Yani, one of the representatives Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. He came to give us his card and wound up loving the Seva Kunja painting as well as the Journey of the Soul. Another person we met was Joe. He said he loves Krishna and that He plays the flute. Overall, many people we met really appreciated that we were there.

Here are some of the people we met:

We received a wonderful visit from Madana Sundari dasi. She is a disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and currently lives in Hawaii. She took one of the paintings and recalled her memory of Syamarani Didi painting in a loft in NY. She also told us that when Srila Gurudeva came to the Hawaii ISKCON temple, she was one of the devotees who showed him around the temple and garden. She also mentioned that she is good friends with Manjari dasi who lives in MVT and edits Srila Gurudeva’s books. It was such a pleasure to meet her.

There were a few other devotees who approached the table. One of them was Nitai das who is a disciple of Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja. I asked if he wanted any paintings or books and he said no. Then as I was talking to two other people and was about to take their picture, the wind blew so hard that one of the paintings flew right at Nitai Prabhu. I told him that although he initially declined to take anything, the painting was meant to go with him and he took it.


This is Madeline. She was very inquisitive about the philosophy and also very much attracted to the Jaya Sri painting. She also took all of the brochures.

 

 

Selena and her boyfriend Bobby. They were a really sweet couple. Selena said she wants to follow a spiritual path and was grateful to receive the brochures. Bobby at first was not going to take anything, but then saw the Journey of the Soul and was intrigued.


Another sweet couple we met were Danielle and James. When she first came to the table, she immediately recognized the picture of Srila Prabhupada and told us that she has the larger Bhagavad Gita As It Is and japa beads, but needs to get a japa bag. She loved the pocket-size version and said she had to take it.


This is Pamela and Dorothy. The entire time I spoke with them, they smiled and gave off very positive energy. Both were drawn to the paintings. Dorothy recognized the Maha Mantra and had chanted it before. She told her friend, Dorothy, that they should chant the mantra together before they left. We all did. Simply put, they were absolutely awesome and a joy to speak to.

 

Soon after, I met Afrika and her adorable daughter, Soleil. Afrika explained that her daughter is half Indian in addition to being half African-American and that she wanted Soleil to be exposed to this philosophy and culture. She took every single brochure, book, and painting!

The paintings are captivating and seemed to be a focal point at the festival. This is Rebecca and Sessalli. In addition to taking books, they did not want to leave the table without a painting. Sessalli especially expressed that she could not leave without one.


One of the last people we met as we were wrapping up the day and packing up was Michael. We had a great conversation about how our limited intelligence cannot fathom the unlimitedness of God and His creation and what bhakti yoga is, why it is a complete path, etc. He was really sweet and was very grateful that we were there.

My Mother and I feel so much joy to be able to be engaged in book distribution seva, as it is very pleasing to Srila Gurudeva. These opportunities allow us to reflect on how fortunate we are to be in this Gaudiya line and how merciful our Srila Gurudeva and Guru Parampara are to freely distribute love for Sri Radha Krishna. Though we are insignificant, we pray to continue to be engaged in seva at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva and our Guru Varga.

Jaya Srila Gurudeva!! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!!

Seva-abhilashi,
Anuradha dasi