Maseru, Lesotho March 2013 Day 1
by Madhumangala dasa
For a long time now, I had wanted to come here to Lesotho to assist Srila Prabhupada and to spread the glories of the holy name of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. Ekatmaka had invited me to come down here more than a year ago, and by the mercy of Guru and Gauranga, I finally came. Ekatmaka is from the Ukraine and had lived in Israel before coming to South Africa together with his wife, who is from the Philippines. She is a gynaecological surgeon and has been a volunteer for the United Nations. They first lived in Tzaneen in the northern province of South Africa. After her contract at the hospital there expired, she got a post at a hospital in Maseru. So indeed I was most fortunate to have them assist me in my service to Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution mission.
The transcendental journey with Ekatmaka to Lesotho, by the mercy of Guru and Gauranga, started! We stopped at Lady Brand for Ekatmaka to check his post box for mail. While waiting in the car, directly in front of where we were parked and on a bench on the pavement, sat a soldier – I approached him and introduced myself to him. He was based at Lady Brand and I began preaching to him about the soul and the temporary nature of the body. He took a Perfect Questions Perfect Answers and gave me a twenty.
Ekatmaka Prabhu lives in a flat in the heart of town, so getting out to the distribution spot was easy – two blocks from where he lives and you are in the main street, with a constant flow of pedestrian traffic on either side of the road. The first souls I encountered were two policemen standing outside the National Archives Building. I showed them some books, but they did not have any money, so I got them to chant.
Coming around the corner was a well-dressed man. I asked him what he did in Lesotho, he told me that he was a physicist. I gave him a copy of Easy Journey to Other Planets. He read through the first page and told me that it was very interesting. I asked him if he would like to take one. No, he did not think that he would. I thanked him and said it was a pleasure meeting him as he walked up the stairs into the bank. Turning around I saw a man holding a little baby in his arms. His name was Sothelo and he was a local. He had met Narottama Prabhu from Maafekeng and he also knew Jaygopal. He is chanting and has read some of Srila Prabhupada’s books. I stopped in at the Vodacom store and spoke to the lady at the reception there. She spoke very good English and told me that she had lived in Germany for many years. She took a book. Walking down the main street, I would occasionally, by the mercy of Guru and Gauranga, chant the holy name of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, which most people present would unhesitatingly echo.