Friday, September 16th, 2016
Niagara Falls, Ontario
At the Falls
I spoke to the Nama Ruchi monks before we began to do some kirtan, public chanting. Out of respect for the famous falls itself, and the people who have come to view the awesome waters rushing down, I said, “Take a few minutes to appreciate it, and perhaps see it as a spark of Krishna’s splendour.” I told them that I see it as God in liquid form.
Once photos were taken and time spent to absorb this great wonder of the world, we set out on the streets where pedestrians were in motion. Naturally, people are anticipating something unique when they arrive at this tourist destination, and they are coming from all over the world.
At the Hard Rock Café, from the stage, a musician, a guitarist, welcomed us in. He heard our vocalist playing the accordion and asked, “What key?” He took the note and played along with our mantra. The customers seemed to enjoy the sound from their tables and beer. I found it interesting that it was an older crowd. Everyone deserves a chance to chant and, if boldness will allow, to dance.
Out of all the people we encountered, perhaps the most enthusiastic for singing and jigging were a couple of oriental elderly men who took the prize. They were jolly good in their gyrating. They wouldn’t stop. They were so excited.
There is a following of devotees in Niagara Falls, and it was lined up for us that we would lunch with time. A lot of output goes into pleasing the crowds. I’m starting to see how these men, the Nama Ruchi group, are on a roadshow of sorts, and constantly on the move. Their next stop is Chicago. It’s a twelve hour bus ride for them. Their visit to the Falls and Canada was just too short.
May the Source be with you!