Monday, 20 February 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Mayapur, India

What Would…?

What would a day be like without the morning?  You would miss that wave of freshness which air-currents bring.  You would miss the quiet–especially at pre-dawn.  You would miss seeing the horizon at the sun’s wake.  You would also miss out on opportune meditative space and time.

All glories to morning, the time of hope and the time when there’s no need for mourning.

My late morning placed me in a meeting of great minds, when colleagues, both those of the renounced order and those who parent or grandparent, assemble together.  There are two levels of governance in our mission in India.  We have the India Bureau and the Governing Body Commission.  Both groups had a session in the morning and afternoon–together.  That rarely has happened in the past.  Now, today’s hours were happily expended in dialogue together.

The mouth is such an ideal tool for communicating.  History tells that humans often do not have much control over the mouth’s use and so dissension develops, even ugly wars.

Congenial dialogue is so favourable to relationship building.  How often we miss this fantastic opportunity and submit to base avenues.

What should the end of the day look like after a morning and afternoon of hard work at gaining understanding?  Well, we should have a good sleep.  After quality mantras are done and we’ve read something beyond mundane modes and after having taking some time to communicate with others, we should have a good sleep.

May the Source be with you!

4 km

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Mayapur, India

GBC Code of Honour

I am a member of the Governing Body Commission for the Hare Krishna movement and I wanted to share the Code of Honour which is printed and placed on our seats during meeting times.  It’s good and can apply to other organizations.  There are ten points.

1.     RESPECT:  If I have issues related to the personal conduct, speech, attitude etc. of a GBC member, I will not express these issues to others but instead bring them directly to the individual concerned, using all the tact and Vaishnava etiquette at my command.  If that fails to bring a resolution, I will seek aid from a responsible outside party—another GBC member, a senior Vaishnava, or a representative of ISKCON Resolve.

2.     Confidentiality:  I will maintain strict confidentiality about sensitive issues and topics, including keeping private person’s names and other specific information I am privy to through my GBC service.

3.     Courtesy:  I will be courteous in tone and use respectful Vaishnava language when addressing issues and topics that come before me in my GBC service, especially while referring to specific people or sensitive information.

4.     Gravity:  While conducting GBC matters, I will avoid drawing insufficiently informed conclusions about issues and / or individuals.

5.     Fidelity:  I will honour all GBC decisions, regardless of whether or not I fully agree with them, and ensure their implementation in my jurisdiction(s).

6.     Personal Integrity:  I will cultivate impartial judgement and vote with integrity to ensure that personal loyalties do not overshadow my responsibility to the GBC body.

7.     Attendance and Punctuality:  I will attend all plenary sessions and other GBC related meetings on time and properly respect the chairperson.

8.     Attentiveness:  I will give all plenary sessions and GBC-related meetings my undivided attention.  Without permission from the chair, I will not use cell phones, iPods, iPads, computers or other electronic devices.

9.     Responsibility and Commitment:  I will extend myself as far as possible to accept commitments on behalf of the GBC body.  If I am unable to fulfill a commitment I accept that it is my responsibility to find others to do the job.  I will also communicate in a timely manner with all concerned.

10.  Humility:  If a colleague informs me I am in breach of any of our codes of honour, I will accept such information with humility and gratitude, understanding that I am being notified with the intention of improving my service to Srila Prabhupada (the founder / acarya).

May the Source be with you!

4 km

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Mayapur, India

It Starts With Red

When the sun rises in Mayapur, it shows up in the direction of the Jalangi River.  It appears beautifully.  A perfect circle, red, hot.  To me it foretells the weather condition.  It’s now warming up and when that warmth passes through the Ganges dampness, you get humidity.

I really can’t complain.  The steamy days start to set in next month.  Enjoy what you have and tolerate the oncoming mosquito wave.  Know when to be out, when to open and close doors.  Slide open the window with the screen.

My morning session of meetings with the monks was all to do with conducting more efficiently run meetings.  A committee was formed for that.  Thank you God!

There is, however, room for kirtan (chanting), and sravanam (listening) of a great class by Japanese/Canadian born Banu Swami, and releasing tension through dance in the green ritual called Tulasi Puja.  Walking is still kept to a minimum, but at the rate the gout is going, I should be able to increase the amount of stepping...soon.

And for the final lines in our script of “Mr. Puri,” here goes.

“I’m getting old now and I don’t need to hear any nonsense from anyone.  I just want to be close to my Lord, who is always youthful and always loving.  I’m gathering my life’s possessions, including what’s left of the pot of kheer.  And I will just keep walking on the trail.”

May the Source be with you!

4 km