Beach and Road
Going west on the beach at Varadero offered the images of a gorgeous body of water, white sands, rock formations, a huge blowfish washed up on shore, and like us—beach walkers.
One of them, a Columbian, identified himself as one who has known Krishna monks and nuns. In fact, he admitted to having a girlfriend, who became so immersed in her devotional practices of Krishna Consciousness, that she ended up having no time for him. Our Columbian friend expressed no hard feelings and it appears he’s gone on with his own life, while maintaining a respect for her choice.
Our speaking engagement for the day was in Matanzas at a reiki centre, headed by a priest ordained in ’79 by the Liberal Catholic Church. Father Fernando is also a follower of the Self-Realization Fellowship. He’s a percussionist and has a wife and three boys (men).
At the front of his quarters is a work-out gym for local youth, so Fernando has lots of things going on at age seventy-three.
His courtyard was fully occupied by his group. I was asked to speak on “the power of consciousness and how we can connect with it.” I was not so much prepared with details on the topic, yet I credit our guru, Srila Prabhupada, his books and his training, for allowing some message to flow from the mouth. I delivered quotes from the Gita and we did do some chanting without instruments. Remember, no music and no singing for nine days out of respect for the late President, Fidel Castro.
May the Source be with you!