Presentations and People
We enjoyed a packed house attendance, what was literally true, a house that was packed with people in Calgary’s north east section. It was in the residence of Asitosh and Shirpal, a Bengali family which included a feast of green subji and sweets of misty dahi and rasagula. I’m not a great fan of sweets, but am surrendered to the mild sweet yogurt of dahi. Nice chanting session and an attentive group was special – all an experience of previous nights.
Sahadev, the coordinator of the Krishna community, took me to a prospective new lot with building which indicates the need for an expansion for the now existing Radha Madhava Cultural Centre in downtown Calgary. It was a healthy sign to see a bursting attendance here also for a morning session on topics from the Gita.
Last evening we spoke from verse 6.25 which reads:
“Gradually step by step, one should be situated in trance by means of intelligence sustained in full conviction. And thus the mind should be fixed on the Self alone and should think of nothing else.”
And this morning I spoke from 3.7 where in our guru, Srila Prabhupada, in his commentary on the verse about karma yoga, expressed this:
“A sincere sweeper in the street is far better than the charlatan meditator.”
I was thrilled to be part of a second speaking engagement today at the home of a Fijian family when another squeezed in group came to listen. It was a reading and interactive discussion on Krishna’s entering the ancient city of Mathura. The light that glared the most for today was a three hour kirtan chanting session at Princess Island, which is hugged by the fresh water flow of the Bow River. The public response was tremendous.