Like Henry the Eighth?
Bhavananda mentioned to me, “I heard you had gout.”
“Yes, I do.”
“Henry the Eighth had gout.”
“Oh, please don’t compare me to that monster.”
“Yes, he was a monster. At one point he only ate meat.”
“But please, don’t compare me to him.”
It’s Bhavananda’s usual way of teasing, having fun, and putting a spark into your day.
That brief exchange put light in the morning. It was in the morning that I had also attended the Sridham Mayapura International School (SMIS) for their opening day. On their campus, a full four hours was given to drama presentations by the various grades of students. They were adorable, from pre-schoolers to teens.
I also wanted to report the beautiful tribute made to the late Jagajivan, an inspiration to many of the Krishna pioneers of South America. He was always lively and upbeat, and offering a moderating influence when the atmosphere was heavy with emotions. He died last fall from the effects of a stroke. Isn’t it good to know that the spirit persists?
Today was the final day of our performance of “Mr. Puri.” That’s the sixth showing to a capacity four hundred crowd, each time. Mind you, so many people told us they’ve come two, three or four times.
“Best production ever,” says Bhakta Priya, the widow of Jagajivan.
Thank you for that remark and all the best to you.
May the Source be with you!