Topanga Days, 2014

Posted on June 29, 2014 by admin-vasanti

Submitted by Jaya Sri dasi

Vasanti dasi and I attended Topanga days in Topanga Canyon, California for a three day festival. We set up a booth with Srila Gurudeva’s books and Syamarani didi’s paintings. Everything was donation based, any amount of books or posters for any amount!
The festival didn’t seem to be as bustling as previous years but one thing was for sure, those that made their way into the booth and took away something were all special people and our being their was for them. Anytime you’re in doubt about your efforts to share the beauty and mercy that is Srila Gurudeva’s just remember that even one sincere person makes everything worth it. Where would they have gotten the mercy had it not been for the arrangement of you being in the right place at the right time?
I was delighted that several people we met were already on the path. One boy had a Science of Self-Realization in his bag, others had gone to temples, and were ready to deepen their understanding and take the next step into Srila Gurudeva’s books. Syamarani didi explained to a few people that actually these are not books but rather transcendental personalities and are able to give their mercy and bestow upon us their realizations.
One boy declared to me that he was ready to “just put on a dhoti so that all my friends will know I’m serious.” There were yoga teachers that wanted to know more about bhakti and invited us to their studio. Many people felt attracted by the transcendental art. In particular, the cycle of life and death painting was outside the tent and was an instant conversation starter.
purchase compazine suppositories It was a weekend of many young children being inexplicably drawn into the tent. One after another they stared at the art, opened the books, even some too young to read would flip through the pages inquisitively. I was happy to see that their parents were really open and supportive of their interest. All the coloring books were a huge success.
I met several people that had read the Bhagavad Gita, one even confessed that he became a vegetarian after reading it. He, as well as others were eager to read Jaiva Dharma, showing enthusiasm when they learned that it would answer all spiritual questions one could think of. One girl from Bali wanted to learn to chant japa and took many books.
On the final day, Syamarani didi came to the booth and needless to say it was our busiest and most inspired day. At many times the booth was full of people and lots of mercy was distributed. When we told everyone that Syamarani didi was the artist they were amazed and commented on how detailed the paintings were. Syamarani didi explained that these are windows into the spiritual world and that her spiritual teachers, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva, were the divine forces behind the work.
Every time we do this kind of event at least one person says how they feel they were meant to meet us, and get this literature. Indeed they were!
Thank you to all the donors to the GVP Sponsorship Program who allow us to distribute books anxiety-free at these amazing festivals.
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