What Gift To Get?
Here’s a great idea for a gift (I know I’m sounding like a commercial, anyway), how about this – a set of meditation beads including a pouch to put them in and instructions included to know how to use them?
That was the idea George Harrison had to be included in his album “Living in the Material World” way back when. Since it’s holiday time with Christmas and all, there must be someone out there that you might know that could really benefit from the sound vibration when using japa (meditational) beads.
It was about 10 years ago that I spent one afternoon walking with Dhananjaya, who was a personal friend of George. We were walking in Mayapur in Bengal at a bumpy Tarampura Road when Dhananjaya, a Scotsman by birth remarked that the road “is literally the pits”. We got to talking about George.
Dhananjaya mentioned that George’s album folds out because George had the intent to have japa beads put in the slip cover to be sold along with the record. For some reason the beads never made it as part of the package. There is one song on the album, “The Lord Loves The One Who Loves The Lord” with the lyrics of the album along with all the other songs. Apparently that song was in dedication to our guru Srila Prabhupada.
Dhananjaya who was a real kind hearted type of soul and who has been generous with his life as a Krishna conscious constructor also mentioned about George’s benevolence. He said that at that time when “Living in the Material World” was released, George was in the habit of giving copies of Bhagavad Gitas to his friends as well as personally handing out beads for their experiential experiment. Both are great ideas for gifts for those you love. I guess sometimes people exhaust themselves of what to get for someone like Uncle Joe who’s got everything. I just wanted to share this idea.