The Sri Mayapur International School brought their 250 students to the Samadhi Auditorium for a matinee performance of our drama “Mr. Puri,” a story focusing on a wandering mendicant. Our cast was also asked to conduct some voice and body exercises after the show. We complied. What can I say? It was memorable for the cast and the kids.
Then we also performed for the general pilgrim public in the evening. It was quite the marathon. Many of the people were brought to tears over the show. Those of us on the other end of the stick–the actors, directors and techies–feel the emotions as well. If there’s no feelings, you don’t perform, and then you don’t get any “likes.”
After the drama, our cast sat down with Sacinandana Swami for a few warm minutes of exchange. He recalled his time with renowned director Peter Brook, who staged and filmed, “Mahabharata.” The master director was fond of the Vedic epic story and of Krishna devotees.
Let me share a few lines from our script of “Mr. Puri.”
“Meet Madhavendra Puri, the monk, who carried the true spirit of a pilgrim. Always compelled by his dreams, he would press forward with purpose, with combined heart and feet. Pathways were his lifeline, jungles–his challenges. Ascending terrain was a climb worth trailing. Rivers were his drinking and bathing places. As he plodded on, coming nearer to a sacred place, he would become lighter in spirit despite the burden of physical fatigue.”
May the Source be with you!