Sunday , September 07, 2008 - Hare Krishna Island, Ireland.
The followers of Krishna in Ireland were celebrating the birth anniversary of Radha, Krishna 's eternal and beloved consort, this weekend. Innis Rath is a village in the north which has within its' district a 23 acre island called Hare Krishna Island. This became the venue for a glorious service to the Goddess Radha. I had the honor to speak on her behalf by the grace of our guru, Srila Prabhupada, who has written about her in reference to appreciation. Radha is the epitome of devotion. She appriciates anyone who is engaged in devotinal service
As an exercise I asked the full house group of listeners to break into twos and to express to their partner some appreciation that they have never expressed before. Acknowledgment of another's good deed or behaviour can be a Rad principle. The affect was possitive. I allowed five minutes for this .
Happily it was difficult everyone to stop. They were enjoying themselvs so much. I picked up the microphone and asked the assembled people, "please stop appreciating each other!" which didn't seem right but was met with an outburst of laughter.
The morning stretch of the day saw that I had company - Adin Word , a young tallman with long legs. Egor who is also of s similar physical struture , was also with us. We tackle a mere 12 km and walked to the edge of Newbridge.