Thursday, 25 August 2011

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Look at the Formula

Denver, Colorado

Making modifications or rearrangements can be so stimulating. With an injured leading actor as part of our reality and with no serious understudy, our bus crew rose up to the occasion. The show had to go on in Denver and so adjustments were absolutely necessary.

The result of such team work paid off. At the same time, I would not say everything was perfect. When certain things need doing, it can be a hard task to pull a young person away from his or her computer or iPod. The curse of technology is upon the human race so it seems.

And so I see the machine obsession everywhere with travel. There is so little foot traffic. Car culture is set for sometime. Despite gas price escalations, there seems to be no true decline in auto motion. We are determined to burn gas.

Adjusting can be a lot of fun though. There cannot be anything more shallow, monotonous, or understimulating than being frozen in routine. While we keep our core values, we might find it necessary to change our approach from time to time. It’s as simple as adjusting the thickness and quantity of clothes based on weather conditions.

Perhaps the greatest quality of our guru, Srila Prabhupada, that I admire about him the most, he was staunch about holding on to core principles, but for practicality purposes he would analyze so carefully a situation and then shuffle things around in order to avoid ‘getting stuck’.

The mission is that work has to get done. The formula is do what it takes to get it done.

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