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Thanks to my travelling companions

Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your kind and generous birthday wishes on this, my 56th. I feel very fortunate to have so many Vaishnava well-wishers like you. May you all also live for one hundred prosperous autumns: “Shatam jiva sharadao vardhamana!”

Whether you connect through my Deshika site, facebook or twitter, you are all my good friends and I appreciate your friendship and goodwill. I need you on my journey through life and I think that no other than Krishna has arranged for us to be travelling companions. Thank you!

To all my friends in the southern hemisphere: This morning I was sitting doing puja in my garden shed. The electricity supply has been interrupted and the temperature was zero degrees. Steam was coming out of my shankha when I blew it for arati. But I counted myself very fortunate to be allowed to be alive today, and specially sitting for puja. Thank you for being my connection with the great Vaishnava tradition that we are trying to bring to the northern world.


sarve bhavantu sukhinah

sarve shantu nir-amayah

sarve bhadrani pashyantu

ma kascid dukha bhag bhavet

om shanti shanti shanti

“May all become happy; may all become free from illness; may all see truth; may no-one suffer”