Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Anchorage, Alaska

Second Day in AA

Down Raspberry Rd., Krishnadas and I did go, at 6 am, for a five-kilometre trek and back. It was on our way that we met moose, a very young one, but the new addition of wildlife to view in Alaska was a bald eagle perched high in a tree. It peered down at us with super whitish feathers. We were reminded of our God, Balarama, who’s remembered today for His birthday. One way to celebrate this day is with meaningful walking and meaningful chanting.

By afternoon we were committed to hold kirtan in the downtown at the corner of 4th Avenue and F Street. Tourist were there. So were the homeless. So were the gnats. Somehow or other, those pesky little flying critters are really drawn to the colours of a swami. They didn’t attack Krishnadas in the least.

Speaking of swamis or saffron monks, the local mushrooms that bear that bright orange coulor are something we are fascinated by. They are called fly agaric mushrooms or, in Latin, amanita muscaria. Apparently, they can absorb toxins and are unadvisable to eat. Some people use them for psychedelic purposes. Also, not advisable. They sure look pretty, especially with what looks like sprinkled oatmeal on top. When you look at them you might think they were fallen monks in their previous lives.

While here in Alaska we are meeting nature, people and opportunities for outreach. All is good, especially with Balarama.

May the Source be with you!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Anchorage, Alaska

North to Alaska

My God siblings, Krishnadas, Paurnamasi and I landed at Anchorage Airport where we were happily greeted by residents Sudevi and Ryan, a sweet couple, whom we had never met but are connected to culturally. It is our first time to Alaska and I would say everything you read or see about the place is magically true. The couple showed us the downtown, the views of the bay with Mount McKinley in the background and then there is Kincaid Park, which Krishnadas and I explored.

I was under the impression, initially, that we would be enwrapped in boreal forest but was surprised to be in the company of poplars, birches, aspens and a whole assortment of vegetation, amongst the horse tail, raspberries and even dandelions. We sighted moose – a mother and two calves – as well as other animals and watched an amazing tide come in at the bay. There is a popular location where the public views planes and their dissension and ascension. It gets quite loud. Remember that Alaska is very remote and flight is the main means of supplies coming in as well as carrying passengers, such as tourist.

Our purpose in visiting has more to do with assessing the area to see if features are favourable for establishing a community here; for developing higher consciousness. So far so good as we depend somewhat on our hosts in the endeavor to shape such a thing.

We all took to sitting by the beach near where the planes land and takeoff, to engage in kirtan and pass out books on transcendence, authored by our dear, Prabhupada. It was a fantastic welcome to Alaska.

May the Source be with you!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Port Coquitlam, BC

Two Good Books

It is always a pleasure to give a message based on either book, the Bhagavatam or the Bhagavad-Gita. A Zoom call for the morning brought listeners to the world of Vrindavan where village and tribal women are drawn, like a magnet, to the personality of Krishna. After all, Krishna literally means “the all attractive one.” So handsome is He that all eyes are on Him and very little distractions can take place. There are His looks, His moves and His charisma that somehow bedazzle the villagers. Depictions of Him in the form of two- or three-dimensional objects do not actually do justice. We are left to somewhat imagine this epitome of beauty.

Lust is the word used to describe the sensations of the women. That trait, found in all of us, can be directed to the Supreme Male; Mr. Right.

My second message today references chapter three of the Gita, which emphasizes the importance of yajna, sacrifice. Actually, you can’t live without it. Sacrifice reaps benefits. Lack of it leads to temporary alleviation of stress but, in the end, breeds misery. The sacrifice has an intent to expressed gratitude to the suppliers of nature. The bounties that are supplied come from the devatas or demigods; cosmic department heads.

All who listened appreciated that gratitude is an essential ingredient in leading a happy life. So, let’s get happy and start expressing thanks.

May the Source be with you!

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