Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Mantri Ram is one of the monks stationed at our centre in
. He was kind
enough to take myself and two guests from Madrid on a sort of pilgrimage to
some significant sights which grab tourists' attention. There is the famous
Cathedral, De la Almudena, the Egyptian Templo Debod, the statue of fiction
character, Don Quixote, the Plaza Calle Montera and Calle Fuencarral. It was
night-time but that was good because that's when all the people are out. Sweden
I had taken my japa, chanting a little more seriously than normal and with a notch higher in volume. One of the young women in mini-skirt and heels and lavish make-up - a prostitute - picked up on the mantra as we passed by. She then mimicked what I was doing. I guess she gets some spiritual benefit from that.
I basically felt myself lucky (fortunate) to be trekking through these hot spots. I had completed a two-hour talk to our Iskcon community about the benefits of spirit walking or pilgrimage. Who in the world would know better about such an opportunity than the people of
Shirley Maclane has written about it. And, from what I can remember as I was passing by a movie theatre in Toronto about three years ago, Martin Sheen starred in a film "The Way" all to do with a true story how some people's lives had changed for the better from the walk.
My only other major impression, apart from 'walk' talks, fine buildings and beautiful people in the form of Krishna devotees, was seeing a Cuban family I've known shine in Madrid. Janardan is working on his PhD but he and his wife have plans to move back to their beloved
May the Source be with you!