It was a nice change. I had been sitting in seminars and sinking in my chair duringadministrative meetings. The seminars were stimulating. Lokanath Swami and Hari Bhakti led one on proper Sanskrit pronunciation and traditional melodies. I had dreamt that such an arrangement would materialize.
Well it has!
Also, my friend from the
, Krpamoya, led a seminar 'The
Guru and How Spiritual Teachers Fit or do Not Fit into an Institution.' Gurus can be quite independent unless guided
and blessed by their peers. That's where
the topic became interesting. When John
Lennon spoke to our guru, Prabhupada, about spiritual masters - the
conversation led to ‘what makes a guru bona fide?’ and one of the best tests to
ensure authenticity is that he talks and lives every moment for the Supreme. UK
What really made me feel that I was a bit off-the-grid, of hearing and listening at seminars and meetings, was giving a presentation myself. At the courtyard of a condo block I was invited by Noam from
to chant, speak, and take some great middle-eastern food. Israel
For openers we chanted and then read theatrically from the book, '
Krishna.' The evening was stirring with winds picking
up as we sat in the courtyard. It simply
added to the dramatic effects.
After so many hours of hearing you feel rather driven to deliver, hence we have the program of shravanam (hearing) and then kirtanam (delivery).
May the Source be with you!