A Giant Leap for Food For Life Sri Mayapur
By Acintya Caitanya Dasa
Sri Nataraja Trust which is an NGO based out of Chennai has pledged to donate Rs 365,000 (equivalent to $8300)every year to Food For Life ISKCON Mayapur which amounts to feeding 100 hungry people everyday. The founder of the NGO is Mr Lakshmi Narayanan. Mr Lakshmi Narayanan is the Vice-Chairman of ‘Cognizant Technology Solutions’, a leading IT Major in India. Mr Narayanan was previously the Chairman of NASSCOM, the apex industry body for promoting software and services in India, and is currently a Board member of the U. S.-India Business Council (USIBC).
Sri Nataraja Trust works on various social causes like education, healthcare and helping the under privileged. One of the members of the Trust, Srimanikandan Ramamoorthy (Mani) who is also the Director of Administration of ‘Cognizant Techonology Solutions’, visits Sri Mayapur whenever he gets an opportunity. He is very enthusiastic about Krishna Consciousness, chants Hare Krishna and has even made an inspiring video clip about Srila Prabhupada. His last visit to Sri Mayapur was in July 2009. At this time, he had an audience with Srila Jayapataka Maharaja who inspired him to develop his Krishna Consciousness further. During this visit he came across the Food For Life (FFL) brochure and was moved by Srila Prabhupada’s mandate that nobody should go hungry within ten miles radius of Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir.
On Janmastami day 2009, he had a talk with Mr Lakshmi Narayanan who instantly agreed for the contribution to be made from the Trust. Shortly thereafter when Mr. Narayanan came down to Kolkata from Chennai, he handed a cheque to Acintya Caitanya dasa and his wife Shiromani dd for FFL Mayapur.
HH Bhakti Purusottama Maharaja, the Co-director of ISKCON Sri Mayapur who is the moving spirit behind Food For Life Sri Mayapur quickly responded “Congratulations! This is a historical achievement. I simply pray to the Lord for more and more development of this project”
He then humbly added “Credit goes to Sundara Govinda Prabhu who has taken up this challange to fulfill the desire of Srila Prabhupada. I am sure Srila Prabhupada and our dear Guru maharaj Srila Jayapataka Maharaja will be very pleased with this. Finally we have to admit that all these nice things are happening due to the pure desire of Sankarsan Nitai Prabhu who has taken up this service to his heart. I am sure due to his dedication for this project, by the mercy of Guru maharaj and Srila Prabhupada this Food for Life project will take a very big shape in Mayapur up to the expectation of Srila Prabhupada and even beyond that”
Mr Lakshmi Narayanan expressed his desire that the amount he donated be distributed through the boat distribution wing of FFL Mayapur along with Harinama Sankirtan.
In line with his desire, Shastra Prabhu and his team now enthusiastically go out on two days of the week, Wednesday and Friday to nearby villages on boat and distribute over 1000 plates of sumptous Kichri prasadam along with ecstatic Harinama. The inauaguration of this program coincided with the auspicious inauguration of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium(TOVP).
Sundar Govind Prabhu who is the Administrator of FFL Sri Mayapur and Sankarshan Nitai Prabhu who is the FFL head request devotees or donors world wide to donate liberally so that this program can be extended from two days a week to seven days a week.
You can donate $4150 or equivalent Indian Rupees every year to add one more day to this program apart from Wednesday and Friday. Else you can donate a part of that sum however small. Everything, whole or part contributions count to increase the number of days of ecstatic Food For Life with Harinama.
Sundar Govinda Prabhu can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +91 9475110217