First Earthquake Supply Drop Successful to Sindhupalchok, Nepal

Vrindaven
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Day 16
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The first supply drop to Sindhupalchok was a complete success. It was very difficult to find transportation because the roads are still very unmanageable, but they were able to find a perfect truck and get the job done without any major problems.
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Anjali and her friends left at 1 pm on Monday the 4th with a huge load of food, tents, and medicine for the people of Irkhu, Sindhupalchok. While staying at the Razzmatazz guesthouse in Kathmandu, I met a very nice guy who was a cook there named Milan. He is from the area that was hit the hardest during the earthquake. It was through him that Anjali found a way to get supplies into the devastated area. He also helped with the transportation of the supplies.
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They reached the village around 6 pm, but not without initial difficulties. Because of the extreme shortage of food in this area, they had people that were trying to “hijack” or steal supplies on the way. They managed to make it though and with the full load of supplies. She said that once they arrived everyone was already waiting for them. They ended up spending the night and distributing everything early the next morning.
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Here is a list of all that was bought:
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As you can see almost 2,200 kilos of rice was brought to their village and another 250 kilos of dal. Hopefully, this will last them a while until they can find a steady source once again.
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They did their best to distribute it evenly for each family in the village with a little extra going to the widows who lost their husbands and families.
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They had the help of the local police,  which was perhaps necessary and allowed everything to go smoothly. Furthermore, they delivered the limited supply of medicines to the lone health worker named Sunil to be used when necessary. Afterwards, they were able to return to Kathmandu a little after noon the same day.
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As you can see  in the list above, the total supply cost and transportation came out to 162,275 rupees which is equivalent to around $1,600. Fortunately, someone fronted them the majority of the supplies if they promised to pay it off within the week. Anjali has received $960, but we are still short an additional $640 for this supply drop. I will direct an additional $100 from the blog to pay down the bill. Furthermore, we hope to be able to send more soon as the supplies are dwindling across the country.
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If anyone can help, please send more support directly to Anjali or to this blog. It is perhaps best to send it straight to her as the transfer fees on Western Union are 0% for one more week.
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Once again, is all you have to do is go to WesternUnion.com and register. Afterwards, click to transfer money to Nepal. In the contact name add “Anjali Maharjan”. Her email is manjeetanjali123@gmail.com and her phone no. is (977) 9843760842 .
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This should be all you need to transfer money from your debit or credit card. If you would like to send a wire transfer, please email me at thisamericansadhu@gmail.com and I will forward you her wiring information.
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Once this is done, you will receive a “code” or number from Western Union. Is all you have to do is to send her an email with this code and she will be able to collect the money anywhere in Nepal.
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Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I hope that we can give a few more big pushes before the 0% Western Union fee is removed.
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Vrindaven
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So far, I cannot lie, I have been extremely uncomfortable in Vrindaven. I do not take this as a bad sign of Vrindaven or ISKCON but as a personal failure of my meditation. Perhaps it is the extreme heat. Many times this occurs and there are “fallbacks” in meditation, where something is slightly not correct. This is perfectly natural and an important part of the spiritual path. I just have to be “on the lookout” constantly and have enough practice that it is easily recognizable to me.
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It is important for me to realize when it occurs and to change my practice accordingly. If I am constantly in comfortable situations than it is difficult to know when my meditation is slightly off. I have already noticed what I was doing wrong and have begun to “get back on track.” It’s a bit complicated to explain, but I have already noticed the correct change taking place today.
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I walked down the street a bit this morning after my first meditation and found the newly built Prem Mandir temple. Prem means love in Hindi so it is technically the “love temple.” I was lucky to have found a small procession leading into the temple singing a heavenly mantra. The female lead had a voice like an angel, much like my spiritual mother Durga in Pokhara. I will continue to come back here in the mornings and evenings for my meditation.
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Last night, I slept on the roof of this ashram, but my mosquito net was full of holes. This happened to me around 9 months ago in Nepal. Once again, I woke up with bites from head to toe and my face is now fully polka-dotted. The meeting and dinner tonight should be quite funny. Furthermore, somewhere this morning a pen exploded and covered my only pair of pants in bright blue ink. Not the greatest morning, but it could always be worse. Surely another sign that my meditation was not at the right level.
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I have noticed in my travels that almost every time I have a bad morning, it ends up being a great afternoon and evening. I don’t know why this is, but it is true for me. Hopefully it will be true again tonight.
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I have to wait at least another 5-6 days for my debit card to arrive in the mail as I lost it while in Varanasi. This is pretty much a cardinal mistake in traveling, but it will ultimately work itself out.
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Have a wonderful day and evening…
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List of daily expenses and donations for May 7th, 2015:
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Total spent on food: $2.54
Room: $1.59
Random: $.40
Total: $4.53 + $124.86 = 129.39 divided by 16 days = $8.09 per day
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Donations given to random strangers = 130 Indian rupees or $1.68
Donations given to sadhus or holy men = 30 INR or $ .48
Donation to ISKCON = 110 INR or 1.75
Donation to Nepal earthquake village relief = $100
Total = $104.29 + $848.75 = $953.64 divided by 16 days = $59.56 each day
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Expense account = $500.10 – 4.53 = $495.57 (Avg. $8.09 per day will last 61 more days)
Donations account = $277.18 – 104.29 = 172.89 (Avg $59.56 per day will last 3 more days)
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Blessed.

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Wandering traveler, writing a story, contemplating spiritual stuff, living austere, and helping random strangers... all rolled into ONE. What fun!

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