Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
La Habana, Cuba

Noble Venture

One Iranian teacher who currently resides in Cuba came forward to receive diksha, initiation into Krishna Consciousness. After having lived and taught in Russia, she has now landed herself on the island of Cuba and is a good standing member of the community here. On behalf of Chaitanya Chandra Charan, her guru, I conducted a fire havan with some assistance to make the event what it traditionally is set out to be. What always makes such an event complete is a chanting session.

To make the day a day of satisfaction, we visited a 1.5 acre plot of land secured by Krishna devotees just at the precincts of the city. There they have banana, mango, and avocado trees and coming up by the careful nurturing of the devotees are additional plants, lemons, peppers, yucas and there are prospects for growing more produce for human consumption. The food that grows in Cuba is tasty and rich in nutrients; a far cry from the items shipped into the resort where we stay in Varadero.

Carlos and Chaitanya Priya are the heroes behind the farming project secured by Ikshvaku; names of people worth mentioning. I find that, at this moment, not all of our available youths are taking interest in cultivating the land and getting their fingers dirty! Incentive is lacking for some of the more physical and psychological benefits of the day. It appears to be a worldwide phenomena, with Cuba not being the exception. In all reality, growing your own food is definitely a noble and necessary venture, if not now, then in the near, near future.

Such is what our guru, Srila Prabhupada, promoted.

May the Source be with you!

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