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Damodara Preaching KL(Week 1)

Posted by iskconklnews on October 20, 2008

By Rasika Murari Dasa

Hare Krsna

All glories to Srila Gurudeva
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
All glories to Sri Sri Nitai and Nimai
All glories to Sri Sri Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Maiya

Please accept my humble obeisances

We have ushered the sixth day of Karttika month, today and the devotees in
Kuala Lumpur are ecstatically accelerating to acquaint Lord Damodara and
the significance benefits of ghee lamp offering to the mass continually.
Enduring the evening massive traffics and the uncomfortable wet chilly
pouring conditions to reach out to larger audience needs a lot of
dedication. This wholehearted fidelity is abundantly manisfesting,
especially during the Karttika month. It is inconceivable, how Lord
Damodara magically inspiring all of us to go out sharing His glories,
practically every other day in which His embedded mercies being subtly
delivered to the resident of Kuala Lumpur (muddied confluence).

Dear Devotees…
Despite your busy daily chores, your enthusiasm in sharing your joy and
passion of Krsna Consciousness to others are truly laudable.

For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Damodara and the Parampara, we are
appending the SJMKL Damodara 2008 scores for week 1.

Total programs: 540
Total participants: 5885

Some news from preaching fields:

My family with HG Sattvi mataji…visited the Kepong housing estate…they
were familiar with us as we had the same program last year. Many greeted
us by saying …?the Hare Krsna people are here?…in some homes. The
calendars given last year were still in their altar. Every home welcomed
us and as we moved from house to house we could hear Srila Prabhupadas
pranams from the Cds that we gave being played in some homes.

?We have developed a relationship: said HG Sattvi mataji. I remember when
we initiated this program, it was all about developing a relationship and
softening the land and the matajis words struck a chord and a flash ran
thru ? yes its about time we have to move to the next

A proper impression is crucial for a favorable reception, as Srila
Prabhupada would often quote?DRESS AND THEN ADDRESS?….Convinced …WE
ARE RIGHT ON COURSE. We visited 25 homes and 105 offering of ghee lamps.

Srimen Badmanabhan and his family visited 29 homes with 129 offerings of
ghee lamp. When we asked pr., ?what inspired your family to conduct this
program?, Pr. simply said, ?I am just fulfilling the instruction? and we
are enjoying seeing the joy of others receiving what we are giving them,
and my children have plans for the next Harinam too.

HG Maha Yogi /HG Jyotsna mataji and team of children were all dressed to
go for their Harinam. 18 homes in 2 hours, amazing feat! These children
needed no introduction to Harinam as they do these programs every year. As
usual managing them brings you the glimpse of the cowherd boys in
Vrndavan. The enthusiasms of these children are so contagious.

Srimen Prajindra ? Ever since the last Damodara operation meeting at Sri
Jagannath Mandir, Kuala Lumpur, the VOICE team was looking forward
anxiously to the debut of our varsity Damodara program. We hold the
Damodara program just after our weekly Bhagavad Gita session at the
College of Engineering, Uniten. We briefly shared the glories of Karttika
month and the method of performing ghee lamp worship to Lord Krishna.
Subsequently, all the 12 participants were given a ghee lamp to offer to
Lord Damodara. Each student received a foldable alter cum calendar, a
pamphlet containing information on the glories of Karthik month and
prasadam. All students expressed their gratitude and were very happy that
such initiative was taken to approach students at varsity level. Some even
took extra alter-calendars for their friends and promised to induce others
to offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara.

Feeling unsatisfied with numbers of offerings done, we headed towards the
boys? hostel. Upon reaching the parking lot, we invited an Indian boy to
offer ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. He became very happy and invited us to
his room where there were another 5 more boys who got the mercy of Lord
Damodara. These 5 boys, in turn help us locate their friends and
subsequently their friends told the location of their other friends? room.
In this way, we received very good response but couldn?t proceed further
as we ran out of materials. There were a total of 23 students offered ghee
lamp to Lord Damodara on that night. This would be our strategy onwards,
to keep moving from room-to-room every week to give everyone a chance to
offer a ghee lamp to Lord Damodara.

More to come in next cover

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