I have recently discovered this very nice web site. I am familiar with the basic teachings of Krsna Conciousness. I was living in the Los Angeles area of California When Prabhupad first came there around 1967. The first devotees I met were Subal and Krsna devi dasi and anirhudra das at a Love In at Griffith Park in the hills near Hollywood. they were chanting the names of Krsna I joined in.
The first Temple I went to was on Pico avenue. I saw a beautiful picture of Gopal Krsna there and immediately fell in Love. The Jaggantha Deities had just been installed. Prabhupad spoke regularly and I would attend as often as possible.
I chanted Japa daily and it was only my bad Karma ( I guess) which prevented me from following all four of the basic principles so i was never able to become as deeply involved as I would have liked. Nor did I take initiation.
I have begun offering sliced fruit, nuts,yogurt and a Basil leave etc to the Jaganatha Deities a couple times a day. The Deities live in a little wooden box with nice paintings on the outside with a door that slides on and off. I am sure some of you know what I am talking about.
I recently purchased some Japa beads from the Krsna.com store which are very beautiful and I have begun chanting on them in the evening. I was told that Prabhupad once recommended one soak their Japa beads in mustad seed oil. Is this correct?
Anyway I just wanted to say hi and Hare Krsna.
I live in the Nevada City California area.