By Gadi das ACBSP
Hare Krsnaā¦ recently on a last minute effort, on Nov.18, I picked up Sikhi das and headed to Birmingham Al. from Murari Sevakā¦.. It was goodā¦ Good decisionā¦.
At the Sheraton in Birmingham was a small regional convention of AAOHA membersā¦. Asian American Hotel Owners Association. At the last international convention in June in Chicago, where I had met and made friends with the vice chairman of AAOHA, Mr. Hemant Patel,(next year he will be the chairman), my goal was to get a picture of he and I holding the Bhagavad Gitaā¦ thus endorsing the placement of Srimad Bhagavad Gitas, and opening the doors to many more hotels. I did not know whether he would even be at this small convention.
When we arrived, we were a little early and just milled about talking to the various hotel ownersā¦etc. We were making some contacts and suchā¦ then one officer from the convention, asked us if we had made official arrangements to be hereā¦ I explained that we came at the last minute and were just trying to meet a few members. She was quite nice and assured me that it would have been fine if we had made previous arrangements, but just showing up like this was not acceptableā¦ so we meandered out into the lobby and pondered the circumstancesā¦
After a short time she came back and said she is going to get us a table inside the vendor area and we could post ourselves there and meet and promote etcā¦
Just after that, the promoter of this regional convention, Mr Jay Patel, came up and in no uncertain terms, said we would have to leaveā¦.soā¦.we were in ā¦then we were outā¦.then we were inā¦and now we were out.
Sikhi had disappearedā¦ so I just walked around the corner and sat down on a plush benchā¦ pondering the next moveā¦.I really wanted to get this picture with Hemant Patel, but no one could even tell me if he was even coming for sureā¦so I sat there thinking this overā¦..and suddenly like 2 luminescent demigods, around the corner comes Sikhi and Hemant Patelā¦.I jumped to my feet and we greeted each other like old friendsā¦. I asked him if he would mind taking a pictureā¦he said sure…I handed the camera to Sikhi andā¦. Got It!ā¦ yea, the pictureā¦.Got it!
Briefly we explained the ins and outs to the past few moments. He said donāt worry, I will talk to Jay and he did and in 3 min we were back inā¦with a nice table, meeting everyone we could want to meet. Taking orders for over 1000 Bhagavad Gitas and making new friends.
One very interesting storyā¦one hotel owner from Birmingham, after having received his Bhagavad Gitas from the last convention, said now he has to keep several cases on hand because the Gitas are always disappearingā¦ I asked him how manyā¦ and he said already 50 were āstolenā. I asked him how many bibles went missingā¦ he said none!
Anywayā¦ we are never in controlā¦.we can only try to do our best with the limited intelligence we are affordedā¦seems Krsna will always fill our gapsā¦I think this is a paraphrase of a very famous Bhagavad Gita verse!
Hare Krsnaā¦ yours in Prabhupadaā¦ Gadi das
My special thanks and obeisances to my preceptorsā¦Vaisaseka prabhu, Akruranath prabhu, Nandanandana prabhu, Milan, and other devotees of the Bhagavad Gitas to Hotels program, Iām sure to hear from them after this article is releasedā¦ Hare Krsna.
( can this count as Murariās book marathon.?)