Croatian President honours prasadam
By Devarsi Narada das
On Saturday, 31st August 2013, the Friends of Animals Society, with the technical help of the Vegehop restaurant, organized a vegan feast for the President of The Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, in his residence on Pantovcak, Zagreb. Devarsi Narada das presented him with the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, Isopanisad and Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers, all with an inscription: “To our dear President, I. Josipovic, from the Hare Krishna Community in The Republic of Croatia.”
Just like Prabhupada taught us that topics during honouring prasadam should be light, especially when it comes to statesmen, we spoke about India, vegetarianism, the media, his education, constant difficult decisions which the statesmen have to make especially those dealing with ecology over economy, about banned weapon, even about aliens (Devarsi Narada das mentioned that he filmed a UFO when he was on Biokovo with Iravan, just after the President told us that recently he had visited the astronomical observatory in Makarska where the staff was convincing him that aliens do exist!
Mister President is a very approachable person and open to the idea of vegetarianism, and the guests who happened to be there too (The Association of Retired Persons) were very happy that they got a whole lunch with the President, because they only came for a “coffee with the President”. The media covered the entire event and put on their many webpages while the more popular TV companies aired a whole video in the evening news, where bhaktin Romana explained the preparations served.
This will not be our last meeting with the president. A formal visit of Hare Krishna priests, as representatives of the Croatian Vaisnava Community, is being arranged.