There was boy struggling with all of his belongings, half of them on each shoulder and the other half in a cart with wheels not designed for festival terrain. “Hey Brother, can I give you a hand?” I asked him, feeling compassionate of his struggle. “Yeah, if you could that would be chill.” I took one bag from the cart that was falling off the top, we walked a bit and then I offered to take another bag from his shoulder. A bit further we walked, and I asked to take another bag or two from his shoulders. (It wasn’t going to be a far walk) I got to his camp before he did and I set his stuff down, as his campmates were standing there. “Whats up, Fam? So I am moving in.. Where can I put my things?” They looked a bit confused but were none the less welcoming to me. They smiled and looked at eachother and around their camp for a second trying to figure out what to do with me. “Haha, Yeah I’m just kidding, these are your friend Ryan’s.” We shared a round of laughs and the slightly awkward moment dropped to really very comfortable. Thats when Ryan (the boy with the bags) showed up. He introduced me to his friends and they started to ask about where I come from and how I like the festival so far. I told them that I am a monk, and travel around. One boy in particular was very Interested. He asked about what I do and what is it like to be a monk. I told him “funny you should ask, Actually I distribute spiritual literatures. In fact I only have one left in my bag if you want to check it out?” He told me that he had just finished the book that he was reading, it was a meditation book coming from the Buddhist tradition. It felt perfect that he would be the one to receive the Srimad Bhagavatam, which explains the coming of Lord Buddha 2,400 years before arriving in Gaya, India. It’s amazing how Krsna Arranges such coming together of souls, helping each other to grow that seed of devotion and love. I am forever grateful. #2016 #symbiosisgathering #fortunatesouls #realyogislovegod #Buddha #srimadbhagavatam #sankirtan #musicfestivals #newfriends #ambitiontoserve #giveyourlove #meetsomeonenew #showthemthatyoucare #compassion #spiritualknowledge #yogalife #bhakti #meditation #books

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Rys. Grew up Morman. Has since browsed the varieties of philosophies on this planet, and is really finding comfort in the idea of Krishna Consciousness. Rys and I met one year ago almost exactly this time last year. He was assigned to visit a “Hindu” temple by one of his professors at his school. The class was a study on “Hinduism” and culture from India. When he walked into the temple I happened to be sitting in the front lobby reading. We introduced ourselves and then walked around taking a tour of the temple. As I was explaining to him everything about the philosophy and the articles of the temple I continued to relate it to biblical contexts, to give a better understanding that this tradition isn’t so strange. About that time I thought to ask if he was LDS (ladder day saint) when he relied, “I did grow up LDS but I really don’t identify with it anymore and I’m really leaning toward the eastern religions.” I then realized, even if the environment is a certain temperature there will be factors that exceed the populace. Since meeting him everyone was pretty much LDS or under the christian umbrella. You cant judge a book by the collection it was found.. We really connected, and got to know one another. We had lunch Prasad (food offered to Krishna) together. We started a friendship. A means of good association for one another. <3 #2016 #harekrishna #sankirtan #giveyourtime #welcomeothers #welcomehome #newmormans #climbingmountains #goingtogether #newfriends #oldfriends #hinduism #utah #bhaktiyoga #yogaoftheheart #associationiskey #reconnect #godhead #meditation #temple #monklife

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“Keep up the good work.” -Alex. From the UK. Somehow or other I got the attention of her and her future husband, and they came over to the table. She told me she already had and read the Bhagavad Gita, but she hadnt seen this version of the translation. Srila Prabhupada’s translation, I began to explain, was from a traditional lineage of over five thousands years, personally handed down from one spiritual master to the next. So the potency of this translation is unbroken from when it was soke by Krsna to Arjuna on the battle field of Kuruksetra. I was trying to show her the authenticity of this particular translation. Thats when she began to tell me that she is actually a Hindu. “Wasnt expecting that reaponse!” I thought to myself, most souls that I have met who are Hindu are in Indian bodies. But not this gem. Her story is that she was studying journalism and which facilitated her to travel abroad to study in India where she fell in love with the culture and philosophy of Hindu life, so she said thats when she decided to “convert.” So then I told her that Bhagavad Gita, although used by the Hindu as their holy text, is actually not a Hindu text, but a scripture written for the platform of the soul to realize self, beyond designations. The reason being is that, anyone being born in a non-Hindu family is experiencing the same material reality as one who was born into a Hindu family, therefore Sri Krishna speaks this transcendental knowledge to Arjuna for the behalf of humanity as a whole. The reason I began to explain this was for the case that maybe some translations of the Bhagavad Gita don’t stress the importance that we, the soul, are not these bodies. We had a nice talk and it was pleasant to hear about her spiritual life and attraction to ancient India and all that is continuing to offer. #2016 #harekrishna #hindu #kali #durga #shakti #srilaprabhupada #ancientindia #India #uk #wales #meditation #yoga #mantra #bhagavadgitaasitis #travels #spirituality #love #garland #nicelady #journalism #sankirtan #griffithobservatory

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