HERE'S A Krsna conscious project you might like to support or get involved in.
Gurukula Alumni, Inc.
Los Angeles, California.
Bahulasva Dasa, Caitanya Mangala Dasa, Manu Dasa, and Sri Gandhari Dasi
1. To unite the former students of ISKCON's gurukulas (schools) and encourage them in their practice of Krsna consciousness.
2. To develop opportunities for these former students (gurukulis) to take part in the Krsna consciousness movement.
3. To form and maintain an alliance between ISKCON's first and second generations.
4. To help Srila Prabhupada's Krsna consciousness movement grow into a full-fledged society in which anyone in any situation can move closer to Krsna.
Gurukula Alumni, Inc., is a project undertaken by devotees who attended ISKCON's gurukula system. Now no longer children, they're enthusiastic to do their part in reuniting Srila Prabhupada's family of devotees through open and honest communication.
Experts in social science tell us that for a spiritual movement to survive much beyond its founding members, its second generation has to take up the movement and continue. Common sense tells us the same thing.
So the first step has been to start a bimonthly international newsletter called AS IT IS The Voice of the Second Generation. Although the newsletter is geared toward the gurukulis themselves, it offers valuable insights for adults into how the gurukulis'Krsna consciousness is developing.
Every year, an international gurukula reunion is held in Los Angeles the same weekend as the Venice Beach Rathayatra festival. Last year about 150 current and former gurukula students attended, and so did many older devotees. Each year the reunion gets bigger and better. It's a highlight of an already exciting festival weekend. The 1993 reunion will be held July 24.
Gurukula Alumni has already teamed up with ISKCON's International Board of Education to start Project Future Hope. This is a program to match gurukula graduates with devotee enterprises and employers.
Gurukula Alumni is looking for ways to let people know more about what the gurukulis' are doing, and what they can do to help ISKCON grow. The idea is to interest more people and get more people involved.
Not enough devotees younger or older realize deeply enough the importance of the project. It needs all the support it can get. But so far the project has no steady source of funding.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Subscribe to AS IT IS. For a six-issue subscription, send $24 (U.S.) or $30 (elsewhere).
2. Advertise in AS IT IS.
3. Sponsor the printing of an issue of AS IT IS.
4. Give a tax-deductible donation. Your donation will support both Gurukula Alumni, Inc., and Project Future Hope.
5. Ask questions or offer encouragement.
To send donations or get more information, please contact:
Gurukula Alumni, Inc.
P.O. Box 1395
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 204-6944
Fax: (310) 559-7101