Children play an integral role in our society – they are our future. As parents and as a society, it is important to pay attention in nurturing them as they will play a crucial role in the cultivation of Krishna consciousness through preaching activities of the future.
Srila Prabhupada says, “If we are able to make a whole generation of our children into fine Krishna conscious preachers that will be the glory of our movement and the glory of your country as well”.
Making the Nairobi (Kenyan) yatra proud is the “Krishna Kids Sena”, which comprises of children aged between 5yrs – 14yrs old. These children actively and enthusiastically engage in book distribution every Saturday as well as during the school holidays (April, August and December). They lovingly dedicate their entire vacation to distributing books on the streets of Nairobi.
Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they attract people’s attention by their captivating approach to book distribution. They have one answer to all questions, “We are not the body but the spirit soul, and the soul is neither Christian, Muslim nor Hindu.” People are impressed by this and feel encouraged to choose a book. They receive a great deal of appreciation and love from members of the public and some mothers lovingly bring them gifts and treats. This in turn keeps them motivated and in a cheerful mood, as street book distribution is a demanding service. This is a full day seva during the December book marathon. This means they are on the street from 10am to 7pm in rain or shine.
Once a G4S security van driver mentioned that he wished to have younger children who could join the wonderful preachers and learn from them. They are often asked which school they attend, as they articulate themselves very well in both English and Kiswahili. They never cease to impress other parents who wish that their children could be like them. This also attracts other devotee parents to send their children for Sankirtan.
In their free time, these enthusiastic children also study Srila Prabhupada’s books, with a special focus on the Bhagavad Gita. They are presently learning 108 slokas from the Bhagavad Gita, and they attend Bhakti Vriksha classes every Saturday morning.
Srila Prabhupada states, “These are not ordinary children, they are Vaikuntha children and we can give them chance to advance further in Krishna consciousness. That is very great responsibility, do not neglect it or be confused.”