U R Greeted
You are greeted by locals and by guests with the use of typical Vaishnava jargon. “Hare Krishna!” is a commonly used salutation. “Haribol!” which literally means “Say the name, Hari (God)!” is also popular. “Krishne Matir Astu” is used by those more familiar with the contents of the
conscious literature we read (“May Krishna be with you” is a good enough
translation for that).
How about in English? Do Hare Krishnas ever use English words to say hello? Well, the word “Hello” or “Hi” is super rare in addressing each other.
Why not try, “How are you?” and you might get something in the form of an answer like, “Fine, now that I’m seeing you.” This is how I was greeted by Vaisesika, one of the honored guests at the event that will be held in
this weekend. Houston
The site of the 50th anniversary of our guru, Srila Prabhupada, coming to the west is on
Street at Iskcon’s magnificent temple in . People have come
here mostly from the Houston US’s Midwest
from as far north as .
Presentations have begun today commemorating the historical event of the
presence of Hare Krishna on western soil 50 years ago. There will be kirtan,
classes, fantastic food, a cultural program held at the the convention centre,
and there will be a play – our play, the one I’m bringing to Chicago – a play called ‘Gita: Concise’. Houston
My crew is flying in from
Some younger generation volunteers will join in, young women from Toronto St. Louis and .
As a celibate monk, we generally do not take the company of the opposite sex as
habit but from a director’s point of view, the service must get done and
everyone busies themselves in such a way that it becomes a team effort with a
family feel. Parents have somehow placed trust in me. “For the stage”, I’ve
come to resolve, "I can work with everyone". Chicago
We only had today to theatrically pull it all together. I asked the actors/dancers to review "Gita: Concise" from Facebook beforehand. This review offered some preparedness for tomorrow’s performance. Yes, we had only 24 hours to put together this epic piece of learning. It will take a miracle, at least some faith.
"Faith", our guru said, "is trust in something sublime".
May the Source be with you!