Hare Krsna! I first visited the Boston temple sometime back in 1998. I went there because a friend of mine had been on a business trip and bought the book The Science of Self-Realization. He came back from the trip and gave it to me saying "I have no idea why I bought this but I feel like you would enjoy it." I read a little bit from time to time, a chapter here or there, but eventually the message started making a lot of sense to me. I have always been a musician, so at this time I was playing in a lot of punk rock bands in New Hampshire and I had heard about Shelter and the band 108.
From "Radha-Damodara Vilasa" by Vaiyasaki das Adhikari, Vol.1
Memories by various devotees about His Holiness Vishnujana Swami's visit to Boston in August, 1970
“… it was just like a family, devotees there (in Boston) were just so nice, I felt like I was home… everyone was so nice … and then I decided that I’m going to move into this temple… this was Radha Gopivallabha’s arrangement … this was the same year that They were installed, ’71 …"
"... crazy, but harmless... that's what Boston police thought of us..."
"... I remember one person saying (he was a priest) "you remind me of Jesus's first diciples"..."
- Pyari Mohan das
"...Boston was known for amazing Sunday feasts..."
"...family atmosphere was so atractive to me..."
"...the atmosphere in the temple was always like the spiritual world...
- Niranjana Swami
“...Boston was one of the early and most important centers of the Krishna Consciousness movement… When I joined there were maybe five centers...”
"...Boston was the only place where the devotees knew the pastimes of Krishna..."
"...Boston temple was noted for being austere back in those days..."
- Jayadvaita Swami
Writtings by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami re-published from various sources.
"...Around this time there were around sixty devotees living in the temple..."
"...Painting was a service that gave the painters great enthusiasm, and they worked all day and night, and I had to tear them away from their canvases..."
- Satsvarupa dasa Goswami