Wed. Oct.21/09 Toronto, Ont.
Yesterday it was David. Today is was Mark who came to inquire. We had a great chat sitting in the room where our guru, Srila Prabhupada, had formerly sat to meet guests encouraging them in their spiritual pursuits.
I left mark with a book “Chant and Be Happy” published by Bhaktivedanta Book Trust for his perusal. We agreed to meet 2 days later and discuss the contents of the book that he has highlighted. He loves the music of the Beatles (and so do I) and he showed particular interest when he learned that at least two of the members, George and John, spent quality time with our guru, Prabhupada. Reincarnation, Karma, veggie food and other topics on the Vedic line are Mark’s passion. He mentioned that he’s dying to get to India one day. Maybe I’ll bring him there when he’s ready.
In the very same sacred room earlier on I met with a monk in the ashram who was dealing with some anger issues. These things do happen. Keshava, Dwija, Krishna Das, senior co-ordinators and I agreed that we would take a more pro-active approach to adding the personal touch, the one minute management technique and over-all apply a enhanced devotee care. Becoming more active mentors or counselors in our new thrust. Recently while In India I had learned from a person conducting seminars on the topic of devotee care that her findings revealed that many of the resident monks, brahmacaris, and brahmacarinis are lonely. This discovery came as a great surprise to me as it is across the board reality.
So some things need to change and improve and we are endevouring to make that change.