New Zealand is far, far away. We spent about 10 days there before returning home. The major earthquake of a few years ago in Christchurch had destroyed the temple and deities. Thus homes are turned into temples where Krishna devotees gather for spiritual practices. The few that stay there are dedicated. Last year, to commemorate the 50 years of ISKCON, Yashoda Dulal traveled for many months on a horse cart around the South island bringing to people the message of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu . He depended on the kindness of farmers who quickly opened up to him. This year, Hari Kirtan put together one kirtan event at a yoga school where an audience of new comers participated with zeal.
In Auckland, besides the Harinams, a procession of street chanting and dancing, which are the best on the planet – blissful, transcendental action, the ensuing two kirtan programs occurred in a rented hall and the Hare Krishna temple successively. In the hall, first timers joined us while in the temple the crowd of visitors quickly swelled to fill up the room. Soon most were chanting loud and sincere.
There we stay with Kalasamvara, a veteran follower of Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishnas, who spares no effort to facilitate our service. We appreciate the honest dedication of these New Zealanders who inspire us to strengthen our determination while deepening our commitment divine service.