Looking at What is Great
It was the second of our AGM meetings and good friend, Anuttama, presented a review of fifty years of the Hare Krishnas in the world. Of course, it is an old tradition–devotion to the deity Krishna–but formalized and registered, it’s been a golden jubilee year.
Among events that occurred to honour this milestone, Anuttama spoke briefly about my U.S. walk from New York to midway America–Seward, Nebraska, to be exact. He mentioned my response to the question “Why are you doing this?” while the walk was in progress was “It’s to make America great again!” That drew laughter. Mind you, the remark was in-house. It’s not what I would tell media. At least, I don’t think I would.
Very frankly though, these pilgrimages are purposefully executed to encourage spiritual life. The major imbalance in society is that beyond the survival mode and the excessive sensory stimulations that the general populace is catering to, there is a dearth of spiritual development.
Here in Mayapur, a spiritual culture has blossomed and it is a remarkable achievement. In the midst of what once was a third-world district, and a recently oppressive government in Bengal, a marvelous community has formed.
If we are careful with planning, monitoring and staying inspirational, this community will be a model showcase. The major challenge is the rampant motor bikes. Walking and bicycles need to be encouraged.
May the Source be with you!