About Billy and Anuttama
About 4 years ago, Billy and I (Anuttama) set a goal for ourselves to learn to be more self reliant. After reading an article in the Eatonville Dispatch about a group in their area that has similar goals, we became active members of the Self Reliant Community in Graham, WA. We are now growing most of our food and are developing ways to store food as well as grow winter crops so that we can have a year round supply of delicious, nutritious meals produced mainly from our 3 acre farm. We have a jersey/holstein cow, Dhana; a baby jersey bull, Makani and a heifer, Lani Moo. With a goal to develop alternative methods bee keeping that maximize bee health and happiness, we currently have 5 hives including two top bar hives and 3 Langstroth/top bar hybrids. One of the most useful discoveries we have had lately was when we converted the entire south side of our house into a greenhouse. It is amazing how well this greenhouse heats our home, decreasing our need for fuel to stay warm.
Billy was born on a dairy farm/orchard in Berryville, VA in 1942, during WW2. His goal as a youth was to join the military. His attraction to military life dissipated after he did two tours in Vietnam in the special forces. In the late 60′s he found himself surfing in Hawaii and making a living doing construction. He went to college and obtained a degree in Business and managed an estate in Kauai that was used for movie locations, including being the main location for Jurassic Park. It was while he was the manager for the estate that he married me (Anuttama). We moved to the Tacoma, Washington area in 1998 after Billy got a job with an insurance restoration company.
I (Anuttama) was born in Portland, Oregon in 1958. When I was 8 our family moved to London, England for 7 years. During that time, our family traveled to exotic places such as the Seychelles and Madeira as well as various places in Europe and Africa. We moved back to Portland and when I was 17 I embarked on a journey to discover the purpose of life. My journey (hitch hiking south) was full of synchronicities and I had many mystical experiences. It culminated with the receipt of a book, The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The Bhagavad-Gita was a conversation that took place 5000 years ago between God who had manifested Himself for pastimes on Earth and his friend, Arjuna. It answered my big philosophical question which was, “if God exists and He is good and He cares and He is actually in charge, why are some people born into suffering conditions such as into starving situations in Africa and others born into royal households where they never want for anything?” Shortly after reading the Bhagavad-Gita, I moved into a temple that was a part of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, established by Srila Prabhupada and was initiated as a disciple in 1977. With Srila Prabhupad’s departure from the material plane in November 1977, his mission was grasped by materialistic disciples who claimed to be appointed as successors (later disproven) and the International Society for Krsna Consciousness became a religious institution rather than the spiritual movement it had been. That is why you don’t see the Hare Krsnas chanting on the street: ISKCON is now primarily a fund-raising institution centered on the Hindu communities. I married a fellow Krsna devotee in 1981 and we had a daughter, Radha, in 1982. For several years I had an import boutique that had me traveling to the Far East and India several times a year. In 1987 we moved to Hawaii. My marriage didn’t work out and I supported myself doing a juice business and repairing and selling cars. In 1991 I married Billy and we have been living happily ever after. Since we’ve lived here in Washington I’ve worked as an RV salesperson and also developed websites and an alternative method of understanding astrology. In the last 4 years, I’ve been concentrated on learning local living skills in preparation for changes in the USA that are inevitable.