By Priyavrata das
I would like to know if there are any temples in India who are able to respond to the recent flood disaster in Pakistan.
The latest information from the New York Times states:
UNITED NATIONS — One of the largest humanitarian relief efforts ever attempted is now mobilizing to help Pakistan cope with what its government and U.N. agencies are calling the worst natural disaster in modern memory.
The death toll is much smaller than in past disasters: About 1,600 are believed dead so far. But experts say initial assessments show the scale of damage and human suffering left by torrential monsoon rains over the past three weeks dwarfs the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2005 Kashmir earthquake, 2008 Cyclone Nargis disaster in Burma, and Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti — combined.
“What we face in Pakistan today is a natural calamity of unprecedented proportions,” Pakistan’s foreign minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said during a special U.N. session to address the crisis, held here yesterday. “These are the worst monsoon floods in living memory.”
Food for Life Global is committed to providing support to disaster relief efforts managed by ISKCON or Food for Life projects. If we can get a confirmation that there is a team willing and able to head up a prasadam relief project to help survivors of the floods, Food for Life Global will initiate a fundraising campaign through our social network. We will also solicit for volunteer help as needed.
Please treat this matter as urgent. We are getting requests from the public as to whether Food for Life is able to help the victims of the flood and it is out desire to take any opportunity available that can help to expand prasadam distribution as per Srila Prabhupada’s desire.
In commenting on the story of Madhavendra Puri, Srila Prabhupada clearly stated that “this activity” [distributing prasadam offered to the deity] “should be expanded universally.”
Prabhupada further commented on the story of Sivananda Sena that “everyone should get a chance to take prasadam…” Certainly a natural disaster like the one in Pakistan offers a great opportunity to show indiscriminate mercy to those that truly need it.
I urge any temple in India that is near the flood areas to take the initiative to distribute Krishna prasadam, and they should know that Food for Life Global and our worldwide network of supporters are ready to help you.
Paul R. Turner
Food for Life
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