A Hostel in downtown San Diego

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By Sastra Dana: www.sastradana.com

May 2008 - Volume 10, Issue 9

By mahat • Jul 6th, 2008 • Category: Featured, Newsletter

USA Hostels

A hostel in downtown San Diego

Bhakta Pedro was first exposed to Krishna consciousness in Portugal, the country where he grew up. At one point he moved to the US where he spent the first couple of years traveling and enjoying himself. Eventually he settled down in Ocean Beach, one of the towns that make up the city of San Diego. There he lived and worked at the local youth hostel.

During this period he again came in contact with devotees who revived his interest in spiritual life. Krishna consciousness became his passion so much so that he started to develop interest in missionary activities. When he asked how he could help expand Krishna consciousness in San Diego, Mahat-tattva Dasa told him about the Sastra Dana’s book rack program. Naturally Bhakta Pedro first thought of the hostel where he used to work and easily obtained permission from the managers to place a rack there.

The second rack he placed in the “USA Hostels” in downtown San Diego. Bhakta Pedro knew the owner and he knew that this fellow was interested in India’s spiritual knowledge and culture. By the way, the hostel owner danced with us for several hours on the New Year’s Eve harinama. Here is a video of it. The owner is one of the two guys riding shoulders of their friends.

The owner (I apologize, I can’t remember his name) enjoyed himself so much that he asked us to come to his hostel every week to sing, chant, and dance there for the upliftment of the spiritual atmosphere. Now almost every Friday when we go down town for harinama we swing by the hostel for a round of kirtana there, regularly drawing all the curious guests out of their rooms. Many guests join in the spiritual festivity while many more take pictures.

We are now looking for a volunteer to look after this rack. Looking after a rack, or as we say it “managing a rack” involves simply restocking the rack with books once every few weeks.

At the end we’d like to extend a special thanks to the Sastra Dana donors. By your practical mercy the boon of Krishna consciousness is being extended through the Sastra Dana channels to thousands of souls.

Those of you who are not now contributing to the Sastra Dana program but would like to, please Click Here.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your servants at Sastra Dana.

Sastra Dana book rack at the downtown hostel.

The hostel guests enjoy reading Srila Prabhupada’s books they found there on the Sastra Dana book rack.

Bhakta Pedro & an appreciative hostel guest.

Devotees chant in the hostel.

Devotees chant in the hostel.

Bhakta Pedro and a hostel guest. She is carrying a flyer to our Krishna Lounge Thursday program.

Devotees roam about the hostel, dancing and chanting.

Devotees roam about the hostel, dancing and chanting.

Hostel guests take pictures of the harinama party.

Bhakta Mike distributes books to the hostel guests.

Entrance to the hostel.

Hostel’s lobby.

Inside the hostel.

Friday harinama in the streets of downtown San Diego.

Friday harinama in the streets of downtown San Diego.

Friday harinama in the streets of downtown San Diego.

Little girls join the fun.

Bhakta Mike distributes books on harinama in downtown San Diego.

People are invited to visit the San Diego Hare Krishna temple and the Krishna Lounge.

L to R: Mahat-tattva Dasa, Bhakta Jason, a bar musician, and Bhakta Fabricio on the Friday night harinama in downtown San Diego.

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1 Suresh das

I recently bought 10 copies of Sri Isopanisad from the free Sastra Dana bookrack at ISKCON Laguna Beach Temple. What I do is take a stack, whenever I go to the temple, make a donation in the box on the rack, and then distribute the books at my local yoga studio.

Unfortunately, when I opened one of the Sri Isopanisad to give away today, it was stamped throughout the entire book in big red block letters: BULLSHIT on many of the pages.

Hopefully this is an isolated incident, but my gut feeling tells me that some envious group of people is taking our books from the various devotee book racks, stamping them, and then returning them back into the racks for distribution.

I suggest devotees check their books before they give them out or distribute them. Keep an eye out and check the books on your racks once in a while to see if it is happening in your area too.

Hare Krishna,
Suresh das

Comment posted by Suresh das on May 31st, 2008
2 Unregistered

Thank you so much for sharing this experience and advice, Suresh Prabhu. My husband and I maintain the sastradhana here and we haven’t encountered this problem, but we will keep an eye out.

Thank you and Hare Krishna, kmdd

Comment posted by karunamayi on June 1st, 2008
3 mahattattva

That is an exception. In the 9 years since we started the Sastra Dana program this is the first time something like it was reported.

By the way, we are about to produce a newspaper with Srila Prabhupada’s teachings that is going to be distributed off the racks. That will help us be more liberal as to where we place our racks. I am sure that some of the copies are going to get destroyed and abused, but that’s the price you need to pay if you want to bring Krishna consciousness to the masses. I hope that in the future our newspaper will become something like the “LA Times” or San Diego’s “Reader”, publications available free of charge at every street corner.

We invite all you revolutionaries to join in the effort. We need graphic designers, desktop publishers, editors, fund raisers, donors, distributors, etc.

If you’re seriously interested in joining hands, drop us an email:


Your servant,
Mahat-tattva Dasa

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