Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Celebration for the 50th
After a good sleep and a good walk, and then a trip to
the Fisher Mansion, run and owned by members of Iskcon, darshan (viewing of the deities of Krishna) became the first
segment of our devotions in this exquisite building. And what was once the ballroom, now a temple
room for Krishna, there we chanted and discussed from the book, Bhagavatam,
Canto 5, the main topic being, “How does one please the Supreme when there are
varying ideas on how to approach Him? Is
there only one standard approach?”
Answer: No! One should capture in essence and in practice
the principal of unity and diversity.
The visit to the Fisher Mansion was completed with a
breakfast of something called dokla,
kitchery and mango milk. Yummy! I sat next to David Hendrix, yes, apparently
he’s related to Jimmy.
After, I was driven to Farmington by Prithu, a local hair
salonist, along with Eklavya. Here,
again, we opened to the pages of the book, Bhagavatam, this time, Canto
10. Being that there were a good number
of children inside the building, I thought, “Let them sit in front near
me. I’ll read the passage, quiz them,
get them involved.” The technique here
is that automatically, parents get captivated as well. One of the lessons learned from the passage
is that the Creator definitely stages dramas on a full universal scale. Each and every one of us plays a role in the
As usual, in a bhakti
setting, there’s always food, prasadam. Yummy!
The third activity of the day was a visit by folks to
Prithu’s home where I was staying. A
monk by the name of Bhakti Ashramam came to join us and engaged with us in song
and in reading on the humble beginnings of kirtan
to the western world. In 1965/66 the
process of kirtan was introduced by
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. That
makes 50 years. We need to celebrate
this in a grand way with music, song, dance, and food. In our own modest way, in a little corner of
Detroit, we did dine tonight in celebration (with eggless rolls).
That is three meals for the day. The first – Indian, the second – Italian, the
third – Chinese. All were yummy. May the whole world celebrate!
May the Source be with you!