I still don my socks in the morning. At 4 a.m., stone-tiled floors are nippy on the feet at that hour, despite the current rise of temperature during the day. At 12 noon they come off. At Maha-Sringha’s home some of our Canadian devotees, as well as Russian, along with Bengali brahmacaris, warmly (in more ways than one) sat in kirtan. It was a jam session, in some ways, with guitar and saxophone. It was marvelous—musicians playing the maha-mantra.
Still more heated up, came the kirtan mela (chanting festival) which I led from 4 to 5 p.m. Here we incorporated traditional mrdunga drum and kartals (hand cymbals,) along with gong and harmonium, to invoke a beautiful form of praising Krishna. Dancing—I insisted upon—so we had the entire hall of people moving to steps of devotion.
It’s great when we all work and move together. That’s called co-operation.
I have been rather strict with diet, a low purine one, which means low in protein.
“Now, just add some barley to your eating. It’s the major source of B12, which is lacking in many vegetarians,” said one Ayur-veda doctor.
We did have meals between exuberant chanting sessions—a way to burn up cells that consumption brings.
“Work now, Samadhi later,” our guru, Srila Prabhupada used to say. Samadhi means “chill-out” in a most spiritual way.
May the Source be with you!