As is the custom, as soon as a pilgrim arrives in a holy place, as our small group did, you offer dandavats (prostrations) on the ground to show respect. Our destination point is Mayapur. Angelo, from Miami, had joined us in Mumbai and not pre-arranged was meeting a senior lady from Radhadesh in Belgium at the same airport. We were glad to take Yadurani with us in the cab to Mayapur just as a way to be somewhat protective and see her by herself in a separate cab. We see the gesture as a service.
We settled down into our rooms at the Gada Building and then went for a planned walk to the Yoga-pit, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya. This was a new life experience for Angelo and Mandala. "Other worldly" might be the best way to describe their first impressions. Gentle people, jackals in the wild, exotic birds in flight, the Ganges in the visual distance and now a temple of great historical significance provided all that was needed for experiential wonder.
Oh, but it just got better. The two elephants, Laksmi and Vishnupriya, were minding their own business, eating young banana leaves. And finally you have a group of young elementary-age monks seated in the lotus position through an opening of the trees.
Taking these sights in while chanting on the finger-fixation of our meditation beads and while on fast was the perfect entry to the spiritual world.
May the Source be with you!