In the fall of 2017, Guru Maharaj and the other board members invited me to join the board as a community developer. I was honored to be asked, and hope to serve the community in whatever small capacity I am able. Things that move me are community, families, inspiring our children, and coming together in genuine connections. To be our fully expressed selves with each other is the beginning of community, and from there we can learn to support, love, and encourage each other.
I have been in Hillsborough, NC for the past fifteen years, and was part of Gurumaharaj’s first initiation ceremony here in North Carolina in 2006. Finding him and coming under his affectionate and able guidance was the best thing to happen to me. Saragrahi is a manifestation of his desire to bring all of us who are inspired by him together in a serene, peaceful, and beautiful surrounding. Though I don’t live in Saragrahi, it is a spiritual oasis for me. It is there, with Gaura-Radha-Madhava, Guru Maharaj, the dedicated ashram devotees, the congregation of god-siblings, the cows and the magical Saragrahi land, that I feel my fullest expression of spirituality and connection with Krishna.
I currently am balancing a full and busy life of raising two teenagers and one 4-year-old, along with running my own Bharata-natyam dance school and business. That didn’t feel quite busy enough for me, so I am also starting nursing school this August! I strive in my everyday to find Krishna within those around me and to give my love of bhakti to those I come in contact with. That giving looks different on different occasions. But one of my favorite ways of sharing Krishna is through my school clubs and summer camps. Popular among the locals, many children in the area have attended and experienced japa, kirtan, stories about Krishna and Sita-Rama, dance, yoga, and crafts influenced from India. It is wonderful for me to see them touched by the culture of bhakti. Personally, I am inspired by nature, growing vegetables and flowers, walks, yoga, baking bread, and crafting. With all I do I pray to be of service to Guru and Gauranga, and to see every circumstance I encounter as a way of bringing me closer to Krishna.