So at times we need to hear practically how Krishna never let’s go; well those who took association way back in the early days of ISKCON at Bury Place may look and wonder what about those who came, so many but how many made it a life time mission?
I know for sure and can relate one story by someone who was in devotee association, remembers Bury Place and still has a place in his heart of affection.
So I’m working with this guy and he’s looking intensely at my hair and after some time he apologized and a asked if he could ask a question; are you a Hare Krishna? Well I’m trying to be but in actuality not very good at it. A broad smile came over his face, can you get for me, I so remember the prasadam.
I didn’t press but talked some and got the books and small things he asked for, then one day he came bounding in another broad smile and before I could say I word he burst out “I Know Who You Are, I’m So Happy” we had all been forwarded an e-mail and he looked through the CC to see if he recognized any and match them to the person, one stood out, mine, “DhiraBhakta”
We talked for some time this time he was more animated and asking more pressing questions, do they still do, I remember when we, those were happy times, so much happiness; then he hit me with one phrase “it was so sad to leave Bury Place”
Although never initiated, he had recollection of those early days, and Srila Prabhupada; with the mercy of Krishna and the devotees they all remained there in memory, in happiness, immemorial; time has passed so much time but those few years made such a huge impact.
Bhakta Peter although appearing to leave soon after the devotees moved from Bury Place, never actually left, this as Srila Prabhupada reminded us is impossible for once we chant “Hare Krishna”, the process of purification starts, Krishna once capturing you by the mercy of the pure devotee never lets you go.
This is the impact of each and every centre, every single exchange, every single time they chant “Hare Krishna” and even if there seems to be some fall down, or loss there is as the Gita states nothing but gain.
Bury Place a memory that Bhakta Peter has never forgotten, I pray that if not in this life time next he takes the step of initiation and further advancement in spiritual life.