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!