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US Presidential Candidate Kerry Receives Bhagavad-gita As It Is
Posted November 3, 2004
During a recent trip to Southwest Florida to survey hurricane damage, US Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry met with Krsna Prema dasi on the tarmac along side the Kerry/Edwards campaign jet at Southwest International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida. Krsna Prema and her husband Bala das drove in the Senator's motorcade on a trip to talk to victims of Hurricane Charley.
Krsna Prema dasi gave Senator Kerry a reprint of the original copy of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is and read to him from the famous passage in Chapter 3 Verse 21, "Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all of the world pursues." Bhagavad Gita is accepted by 1 billion people about 1/6th of humanity.
Senator Kerry listened intently, holding the sacred book, following along as she read. He said, " That is very good. I like this." Krsna Prema dasi explained that President Carter had also received an exact copy of this book and quoted this passage during a speech. She told Mr Kerry that he was considered a great man and this book would be very helpful to him as a leader.
Senator Kerry gladly received the gift and thanked Krsna Prema. He
him as he fly off to his next campaign engagement in his bid for the