He Would Be Pleased
Life in the dham is pure. Not all who contact the dham (holy place) however, benefit. There’s pickpockets and people of greed, and ulterior motives. After all, there’s lots of money to be made at pilgrim sites, where people converge from all around the world.
You hear at announcement time the loss of a passport, a wallet, or someone’s precious chanting beads. Fortunately the beads are easily replaceable. There are some developers in the area that are exploiting tenants but not delivering full expectations. We hear of buildings not up to code, or built in too tight to each other.
This may sound depressing and unspiritual but that may be an aspect of the ‘dark-side’ of Mayapur. There is a lot more reason to sound conches and gongs over the pluses. Pilgrims are not fools. At least they should not be naive. This is the material world and blessed we are to have wonderful areas of retreat and refuge in which to charge the spiritual batteries.
I see happy faces here. People of different shades engaged in the same thing. At the Kirtan Mela there are Chinese, African, as well as South and North American participants. You have Aussies and Europeans enthralled in song. It is as the great luminary Bhaktivinode predicted. Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, must be pleased. When you think about it, in a mere 50 years since the inception of this branch of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, So much growth, along with growing pains, has taken place.
May the Source be with you!