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OUR BUS PULLED UP

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023

Brooklyn/Manhattan



Our bus pulled in from Washington into the ISKCON Brooklyn centre on Schermerhorne at 6:30 AM. A jump into the shower and a second jump into the street level temple room for conducting a Bhagavatam class was like a sudden splash into the water off the dock. Kichari, a mix of rice, dahl, and veggies, is becoming a constant at breakfast time. From energy giving to energy expending with a drama practice, our bus crew took to the New York subway to the Bhakti Center for darshan – a view of the Radha Krishna deities.


A warm welcoming staff offered me private and quiet quarters for a catch-up rest, a refresher, and admin time. And when there in the more open dining area, they wandered in a tall, be speckled, elderly scholar type of fellow to a pile of boxes. I expressed to him apologetically that I was imposing.


“No! No! It’s not like that.” There was a pause while he was looking for a certain document, and then he said, “I wish you well with your walking.”


“Am I supposed to know you? Have we met before?”


“I’m Pradyumna. I’m doing some translating work.”


“Wait a minute, are you the original Pradyumna that travelled with Prabhupada (our founder)!?”


“That’s me!”


“You are one of my heroes. Can I take a pic with you? Get a hug?”


“I’m not very clean.” He fixed up his hair, although he didn't need to, and ‘click’. That made my day.



WITH MY HERO, PRADYUMNA.


But then I was whisked away for a talk at 26 2nd Avenue, the first bhakti gathering place for the Hare Krishnas in the western world.



CHANTERS AT 26 2ND AVENUE, NEW YORK.


MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!
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