Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Mayapur, India

They've Got to Go!

Oh, how I detest those scooters and motorcycles!  Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, called them "murder-cycles."

In the past I’ve complained about these noise-makers and people-stoppers in a previous blog entry.  Little has changed since a young boy had been maimed by a scooter last year.  A small adjustment has been implemented which is a row of traffic cones have been placed in the middle of one pathway - indicating pedestrians and bicyclist on one side and scooters on the other.

This, I'm sorry to say, is not enough to ensure peace and safety and a spiritual environment.  It was pointed out by one of the residents, Tara, that in the sacred pilgrimage of Udupi in South India, there is a substantial zone for pedestrians.  I believe Mayapur should be that motor/scooter zone-free place.  

The Vedas say that we currently reside in the gloomy time-frame of kali-yuga which is fraught by disturbance on many levels.  Sacred territory is meant to reflect a transcendence.  Mayapur could easily be on that list with some loving effort.

At one time Srila Prabhupada envisioned this area to be like Venice, full of canals and waterways.  That would have solved the motorcycle problem.  Circumstantially though, motor-boats would likely make their way into the dham (spiritual domain) in any event, unless management takes a strong stand against the monsters.

It's really a case of convenience for some and inconvenience for others.  Such controversial matters could be solved by following what the guru says.  Prabhupada was clearly against - in his words "murder-cycles."

May the Source be with you!

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