Gopal from L.A.
His first words were, "Come in!"
I had rung his door bell in anticipation for a trek to see the elephants. His voice was deep and grave. Being a very effective facilitator yet very busy, Gopal Bhatta expressed to me on the previous day that he hadn't had the chance to get out of the building. Has been immersed in meetings. So I suggested to take a break.
"I'll take you to see the elephants." He agreed. Along with two monks (brahmacaris) Gopal and I took to the path when fog lifted and the sun poked into the sky.
Whether the brief walk opened up chakras for Gopal and cleansed cobwebs to get him out of his congested feeling, whether the few minutes observing the two elephants' bonding inspired him or not, I personally felt honored to be in the presence of such an empowered soul.
It was certain words at the end of the day that were delivered to the entire body of AGM members that were inspiring. He stressed fair points to implement the mission for improving the spiritual quality of life:
1) Be result - oriented
2) Be risk - oriented
3) Exercise co - operation
4) Enjoy your service/work
An additional remark he made in regard to the status-quo is to "Make a new normal."
Pilgrims have come to Mayapura for a purification through the techniques of chanting and hearing. In addition to this, encouraging words come our way from a person who is highly analytical in his sincere effort to improve and heal an ailing world.
Thank you, Gopal.