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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016                                                      
Mayapur, India

Boat on the Ganga

He came riding on an elephant.  Kish and Radha Padmini got married today at the popular Jagannath temple, and it was done in royal style.  Unfortunately I missed that part of the grand entrance by the couple.

I arrived late although invited a year ago.  The bride came on a palanquin.  I was told it was classy.  My excuse for the lateness:  I organized a boat kirtan for our devotees from Canada.  We come from a country that is so stretched out.  We rarely get together.  We enjoyed a motor boat's ride with an awning to provide shade as we plied along the Ganges River, past the confluence of the Jalangi.  Gliding over the water of perhaps the most famous river in the world, we formed ourselves in song.

That is exactly as it went.  Once embarking on that boat which could accommodate 45 people, we just began singing the mantras.  There was no real talking on that boat.  We were communicating nevertheless.  The mantra makes the heart connection in its magical way.  It was Sri Chaitanya who expressed that all spiritual powers are invested in the Hare Krishna mantra.  If anyone could get an inkling of these powers, consider yourself very blessed.

The boat ride was a celebration of all that's holy- the water, the mantras, and the people chanting.

The wedding described earlier was a gathering of special people.  "They are like demigods", remarked my friend, Yadubar.  I couldn't agree more.  Photogenic, energetic and hooked up to Krishna, puts them in a special spot.  There's a certain dedication the younger folks have captured.

On one occasion our guru, Srila Prabhupada, said that it is noble to be dedicated.

May the Source be with you!

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