Never Seen Such a Group
A constant rain fell upon us for a four hour hike within hilly
before the drive to today’s
destination at Old Forge. The occasion was the opening of a yoga studio
situated in an old renovated railway station. A cargo train still goes by on a
daily basis. The station’s interior itself is smartly done up to accommodate
the spiritually enhanced. Father Bill, who frequented Iskcon’s Pennsylvania center years ago, is teaching
yoga in the premises along with other persons who conduct presentations on
meditation, yoga, and prayer. Father Bill embraces Christian liberalism. He
asked that I speak on a topic that would cover the concept of bhakti,
devotion, and how it is a form of yoga that entails a relationship with God. He
also asked that I express the nature of God as Radha and Laguna Beach Krishna,
the Divine Female and Male. I did as he asked, along with expressing the
superior or essential element of yoga and that it is not just a physical
exercise - ultimately it involves a profound love for the Supreme.
Kirtan (chanting) was the most important component of the presentation and ended up being an inclusive exercise. For everyone, that experience probably topped the joy of eating prasadam which was so kindly provided by devotees who prepared and delivered the outstanding feast from Iskcon Philadelphia.
I can say with full honesty that I have never seen a group of such gracious, smiling, and appreciative people in an American setting. I felt, along with team players Vivasvan and Tre’von, that we were not in a physical place or even at a train station. We were transported to another realm primarily because everyone approached and engaged in kirtan in a surrendered mood. It was a thrill to see a nun in full regalia, that is, in the traditional nun’s habit chanting and dancing in our circle.
May the Source be with you!
10 miles / 16 km