Friday, 28 April 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Dubai / Toronto 

Give me Walking Songs

Emirates play flying songs or tunes that carry that theme.  Frank Sinatra sings, “Come Fly With Me,” over the speakers as you enter the aircraft in Dubai.  I don’t care to hear that message after a four hour stay in the airport in Mauritius, then a six hour flight, followed by a five hour stopover in Dubai before embarking on a thirteen hour flight to Toronto.

Give me some “walking” songs, please!

To kill time I watch Richard Attenborough’s “Chaplin” film.  Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, liked Charlie and enjoyed watching him on the screen on the plane.  Charlie does make you laugh.  He produced films for five decades.

Personally, I like the people who break what could be routine.  They give sparkle to your day although they themselves don’t often share a happy life.  Look at Robin Williams.

The persons who make me laugh amongst my colleagues are Achyutananda from New York (now Florida), Badrinarayana Swami (when giving a class, but not at meetings), Brahma Tirtha and Pushkar, both from North Florida, and also Ekendra from Philly.  Ekendra does this comedic routine on a right-wing fanatical Krishna monk from the Black Sea.  He’s a favourite.

I also like to call Murari Gupta, a doctor in the States who exudes this optimism.  His laugh gets me going.

I have come to appreciate that every town has a clown.  God, also has a sense of humour.

It’s important to laugh even when you live in the spirit.

May the Source be with you!

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Blue Bay, Mauritius 

Mauritian Wrap Up 

Highlights of Mauritian stay:

1)    A mongoose crosses in front of us as we walk.
2)    A swim to the coral reef at Belle Mare.
3)    A trail of sand and snails became our walking zone.
4)    A swim at 11 p.m. amidst flying fish.
5)    Making friends with a 150 year old tortoise.
6)    Drama practices under a grass-roof veranda.
7)    Knowing the enemy is not the huge cockroach, but the mind.
8)    Presenting the drama “Mr. Puri” to a full house (750).
9)    A magician pulling a rabbit out of the box at my request.
10) The walk through the botanical gardens with friends.
11) A chat with godbrothers, Sri Nekatan and Arjuna.
12) The meals of a low purine nature at Amar’s.
13) The meeting with the youth, discussing their issues.
14) Giving classes from the book Bhagavatam.
15) Playing charades using chapters from the book, Krishna.
16) Having the company of Kala, Balarama and Bishma.
17) Honouring first and second initiations to followers.
18) Hearing a good, professionally played-out, tabla recital.
19) Ball tossing in the water with community members.
20) Writing these blogs on a daily basis, thanks to Dhruva and Abhidheya Prabhus—bless you honey childs!
21) Receiving successful reports from our travelling monks.
22) Bonding with the local Krishna devotees.
23) Meeting and making new friends.
24) Viewing the Bon Accueil and Phoenix deities of Krishna.
25) Enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of Mauritius.
26) Keeping busy writing, and reading, but with some recreation.
27) Sweating, which is good for the health, cause it’s humid.
28) The visit to Le Morne and the cliffs of suicide.
29) Feeling the love of the people—lots of Hindus!

May the Source be with you!

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Le Morne, Mauritius

What Brahmanas Can Do!

I had recommended, the afternoon before, to some new second initiates that what our mission needs is some brahmanas who will take up the role of counsellors and mentors.  Congratulations to Mahesvaree, who took the name of Maha Laksmi.  In addition to her, three formerly initiated devotees became brahminical priests.

“Consider certain scenarios that happen in our communities, such as a man who is abusive to his wife, a daughter is young, unmarried and pregnant, or a young teenage son is getting into drugs.  These are the realities of today.  Both pre-marital and post-marital issues need some help and brahmanas can assist in these areas of social need.”

In brief, my message came like that to the Sunday crowd and it appears some of those sitting at the havan fire, including recent 2nd initiates of Bhakti Brngha Govinda Swami, felt some new opportunities of service were up for their consideration, over and above the rituals they are now proviledged to get involved in.

Today, however, was a significant day with an outing to the ocean and viewing the monument of human tragedy at Le Morne.  My evening was well spent at the Phoenix temple, when I spoke from Chapter 2 of the Gita. “The soul cannot be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor drowned in water, nor dried by the wind.  It is indestructible.”

This is powerfully expressed by Sri Krishna.

May the Source be with you!

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