Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Some of What Happened
A couple flew in from Hawaii to attend the Chariot fest and I was given the honour to award them diksha (initiation) into the Vaishnava tradition. Three couples also took second or brahminical initiation. The new initiates are Guru das, an attorney, and his fantastic wife, Amala.
The ritual, which had quite the appeal for the public (as it was held outdoors on Centre Island), was colourful, and was positioned in front of the mystical temple under a marquis.
On the second day of the festival, like the first, I was scheduled to conduct an aerobics class to the sound of drum and mantra. Held at the youth tent called the Bhakti Cloud, within no time, volunteers who wanted to loosen-up and shake-it-out filled the space.
For my own record, I thought to document the one hour talk which I gave at the Govardhan Farm tent. The topic was “Spiritual Ecology and the Age of Machinery.” As you might imagine, I underscored the culture of “Hands On” and expressed the superiority of manually working with soil and animals, over the use of machines.
We certainly need to have a hard look at what is favourable for mankind and the environment. The future is in our hands, especially when we plan and act in the present for an improved world which is based on the balance of the physical and the spiritual.
A last point to raise on the outcome of the fest, is that it was record-breaking for spiritual book sales, devotional items, and food. Also, there were splendid presentations made on the stage.
May the Source be with you!