Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Maggie's Veggie Deli in Donegal, PA!

I just wanted to give a promised shout-out to Maggie's Vegetarian Deli, featuring all organic, locally grown foodstuffs, located just off the PA Turnpike, exit 91 into Donegal, 5 miles or so up a very scenic drive on Route 711 North.

The New V. Brahmacari Ashram contingent representing at BT Swami's Samadhi installation stopped at Maggie's on the way back from Gita Nagari and feasted....with the cherry on the sundae being the first customers ever to receive a free bowl of tofu ice cream for dessert. Devotees are once again opening doors.

Highly recommended for a bonafide stop-off on your way to or back from Gita Nagari and beyond.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Blessed by the best..."

dadāti pratigrhnāti
guhyam ākhyāti prcchati
bhuńkte bhojayate caiva
sad-vidham prīti-laksanam

Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one's mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another.

The whole experience of being in person and in service for HH Bhakti-Tirtha Swami's Samadhi installation last weekend at Gita Nagari can be summed up in one word...ecstatic!
The association of Vaisnavas relentlessly pursuing the theme of sharing loving exchanges was ecstatic!
Seeing and chillin with the boys from the Manhattan ashram was ecstatic!
Personally seeing the quiet splendor of Gita Nagari for the first time was ecstatic! Radha Damodara ki jai!
Stepping inside Maharaja's humble, majestic samadhi and praying harder than I ever had before was ecstatic!
Hearing HH Jayapataka Maharaja tell the about various mystical and esoteric pastimes of Lord Jagannatha was ecstatic!
Making sure (almost) everybody shared the love of veggie-soy shish-kebobs was ecstatic!
Sleeping in by "accident" on Sunday morning was ecstatic!
HH Radhanath Maharaja's Sunday Bhagavatam class, about taking on a mood of service in responsibility in our spiritual lives as a way to make the best advancement, was super-ecstatic!
Being crammed in little ol' Honda Civic Dasa with four New V. brahmacaris and one "garden boy" was also quite ecstatic!

The Transcendental Hustler racks' em the night before in Pittsburgh

The Fews rock in the free world

Loving exchange

HH Jayapataka Maharaja spreads the love

HH Bhakti-Tirtha Swami Maharaja ki jay! May we always remember you are always with us, quite literally. May we strive to follow in your exalted footsteps and become ideal Vaisnavas so we can turn right around and save this planet!