S: The Bhaktivedanta Center
BC: "Krishna Consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration [the Maha Mantra] this consciousness is revived..." - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
FC: Bhakti an offering
1: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada We were blinded by the darkest of ignorance, But you opened our eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. We offer our respectful obeisances unto you, O Spiritual Master.
3: Welcome to the Bhaktivedanta Center This little book is an offering of love from the students of the Bhakti Yoga Club to their dearest spiritual teachers and friends, AC & MP.
4: Mayapriya a.k.a. MP | Her smile instantly alleviates all anxieties. She is the life of the Club and the best cook this side of home. Her advice will not let you down. She is a storehouse of devotion to the Spiritual Master.
5: Amit Acara a.k.a. AC | He is truly humble: an exemplary spiritualist. His presence inspires joy within our hearts. He writes splendidly long emails and is a hidden keyboard maestro. His words of wisdom shall forever be cherished.
7: The Bhaktivedanta Center: A home away from home
9: Over a hill, in Woods Mill, is the Bhaktivedanta Center. And as you enter the atmosphere: it's quite different from the mundane. Transports you instantaneously to the spiritual plane! There's more to life than a job, here you'll learn. You're more than your body, or how much you earn. These are our Sunday celebrations, amidst the loving association, of AC & MP. Let's chant, take Prasadam and be happy! - Priya Ghatwai
10: MP and AC, you encourage us on our spiritual paths by performing your service with such dedication, love, and enthusiasm. With every email, every casual meeting, every Sunday program, you show us over and over again what it is to engage in a life worth living -- because without Krishna consciousness, we would have no lasting goal and no true motivation beyond superficial ones. We cannot be grateful enough for all your selfless guidance, all the conversations which have revealed to us the meaning and perfection of human life. Thank you for the grand gift you have given us; now our prayer is that we can always serve you in what little ways we can. - Natasha Richter
12: I always look forward to Sunday not because it's a day off but because I get to be at BYC, amidst so many caring friends. I get to eat delicious, exotic prasadam feasts and participate in kirtans. This is all possible only because of AC & MP who have kept the club going for more than 20 years. AC's lectures, nectar, strawberry halwa, tomato chutney and MP's kirtans, dal soup, pakoras, sabji and other exotic, never heard of, preparations are simply fabulous! Note: If one gets to hear AC playing his keyboard - it's rather rare - he or she will be transferred to an elusive dimension of inexplicable soul pacifying tranquility. - Himanshu Paliwal
14: It is actually very hard to put into words how important you both are to our lives. You fill two voids in our lives that are irreplaceable. You shake us awake from our nightmares. You gently, and sometimes vigorously, remind us that these dreams are neither real nor important and guide us towards what is. You anchor us both through example and support. Whenever we have questions, or are daunted, or anything comes up, you two are there to help us work things out both spiritually and emotionally. Without you, we would be free floating in illusion. Thank you so much for being there, selflessly, every day.
15: - Kevin Welcher
16: All I can say is that I owe you everything in spiritual life. You have facilitated everything in whatever I have gained spiritually. Without your association and teachings, nothing would have had the same meaning or substance that it does now -- not even close. Whatever little it is that I have and whatever little I may have in the future, I will always be grateful to you for all of it. None of us can fathom right now how fortunate we are to have you and this wonderful club that you have brought together with so much selfless sacrifice over the decades. So you are etched and cannot be removed. Hare Krsna! - Kunal Kathuria
18: The first time I was blessed to be in your association I said, "While I am sure that you all believe you have had a long life, it seems to me that Krsna has manifested you out of thin air to provide me with the association of His wonderful devotees."
19: The short time I've had in your company has only confirmed my suspicions. Both you, and the community you support, has been the most prominent example of Krsna's mercy in my life and I will forever be in your debt for the guidance, instruction and support you both have provided to this fallen soul. - Thad Harjeet
21: We are so fortunate to have your wonderful association. You are exemplary of Srila Prabhupada's grihastha disciples. Your guidance and help in every aspect of our spiritual life has made us indebted to you. We don't know how to repay you for the love you have shown us. - Ravi & Swapna
22: On my very first visit to the club my heart had been captured by MP’s smile and the loving warmth that she exuded. | I didn’t know much about their tradition, but I knew I would love these people. Three years later, I now know that my suspicions were spot on.
23: I remember clearly, the day I met AC at the activities fair. I saw the Bhagavad Gita on their table and asked him about it. He was poised and his eyes were filled with a kindness I hadn’t come across in anyone before. I knew then that I had to see him again. - Abeer Saha