Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia

Sound in Vancouver

The maha mantra was coming through, vibrating through the air and ether at English Bay, in varying formats.  During the annual Chariot procession, Bengali drums provided the rhythm for the chant.  This is standard.

Once the procession ended, the stage program began with Mexican mariachi taking the floor, and under the sombreros the voices sang and guitars strummed to the tune of “Hare Krishna.”  And that’s not all.  Dustin Hines, an accomplished opera singer and Krishna devotee, demonstrated incredible lung power, beginning with praise to guru, Srila Prabhupada, for starters.  Then he sang out the Krishna mantra, contributing to the spiritual dimension of the atmosphere. https://www.facebook.com/madhonmohom.dailydarshan/posts/498689150481094

Finally for a second night in a row, Tatiksava Karunika—more commonly known as TK—blended the mantra through the genre of his rock band sound.  It’s good rock I must admit.  It’s a crowd pleaser.

In conclusion, there is no limit to the way transcendental sound can be invoked and shared.  “No hard and fast rule,” were the words expressed by the master of mantra, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.  Such an approach was applied at this year’s Chariot Fest in Vancouver which honours the Lord of the Universe, Jagannatha.

My role at the event was to lead name chanting, address the crowd as special guest speaker and join my buddy, Ajamil, in singing, while arousing the crowd in dance.  Oh, and I also spent time meeting people and hear their concerns.

May the Source be with you!

7 km

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia

Flying and Feeling

At the Krishna House in Las Vegas last night, families arrived after work and our walking team sang, read, ate and discussed various things with them.  It was a sweet gathering.  We were happy to know that the community here are on their way toward building a new temple in the suburbs of the city.  I guess it is something the city could use.  Personally, I don’t know about all this gambling stuff!  I was surprised to see slot machines in the airport. http://btg.krishna.com/krishnas-new-playground

There’s got to be good souls in this place.  Sure enough, I received a call from Hayagriva, who stayed on with the boys while I went off to leave for Vancouver, and I was informed that Atri Rsi, the community co-ordinator in Vegas, arranged and paid for four new tires for our support van! Thank you Atri for your utmost kindness.  What a generous soul you have!

Meanwhile, I find myself in Vancouver where everything is gearing up for the Chariot Festival. It will be  held tomorrow with a procession and then fun at Second Beach in Stanley Park. It’s the event for summer fun in a devotional manner.  I came out to the park to meet old friends, but the big event is left for Sunday.

As I was leaving, a young woman of oriental descent came running after me with a big smile and an inquisitive heart.  Her name was Chai and she was eager just to talk and communicate.  It appeared that her spirit was reaching out, wanting to probe into life’s purpose.  I delivered what I could and left her with the opportunity to speak more tomorrow at Second Beach.

May the Source be with you!

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

West of Eureka, Nevada

Less Human Sightings

Curtis asked why it’s so common to see two horses, standing side-by-side, head to tail.  We see this in the countryside when we come upon a ranch—which is rare in the desert.

“From what I can see, the horses are poised to help each other by using their tails to get the flies off the other horse’s face,” I said.  “It’s a kind gesture, isn’t it?”

Curtis nodded in agreement. Yes, I’m truly gaining a greater awareness of animals. Antelope especially. And rabbits are everywhere, both dead and alive. I see, also, a more frequent appearance of scat, or dung—both fresh and dry—from coyotes. Personally, I would rather see evidence of natural death for the bunnies, over mishaps from under the wheels. For deer, I can say, without a doubt, there’s an easy two dozen bodies per day.   https://instagram.com/p/BX9OxdbF4N2/    https://instagram.com/p/BXwtRIbF1dJ/   

In Ely, our satellite station for so many days, the deer were practically walking with me on the sidewalks of the town’s tiny business district. That was before dawn, of course.

I had to come off the highway early today, for the drive to Las Vegas, where I’ll catch the Vancouver plane early tomorrow. For a break, our crew stopped by a rest area for wrap prasadam. There we saw warning signs for rattlesnakes. I took advantage of the minutes during wrap-prep to read out loud some verses of the Gita. Here’s one.

“When a sensible person ceases to see different identities, which are due to different material bodies, he/she attains to the Brahman conception. Thus he/she sees that beings are expanded everywhere.
                                                                                            Bhagavad-gita As It Is  Chapter 13, Verse 31

May the Source be with you!
14 mi