What do you do when you’re resting up your left foot wrought with gout? You can’t go for that usual stroll down the street, burn calories, meet the elements and say “Hello!” to people.
The answer is real simple and it’s what our guru, Srila Prabhupada, and his predecessor teacher used to say. “Chant Hare Krishna!” in regard to good times or bad times.
I had the super-good fortune to partake in the Wednesday night kirtan. Not widely publicized yet (and I don’t know what’s stopping the promoters from doing so) but it’s slowly catching on. To place kirtan smack in the middle of the week is pure genius. For many young enthusiasts of the kirtan culture, you no longer have to wait for a weekend experience.
Why is it so essential to engage in kirtan? It may not suspend your aching foot but it will uplift your soul. It takes your mind off of aches and pains and puts you in the happy zone.
In all frankness, chanting is something that can be applied in all circumstances, which is great, because at any given time a surprise will come your way, one that’s a harsh reality or one of exhilaration. Chanting is something that tames the beast, the agitated mind. It brings people together, satisfying a human need and the thirst for social intercourse.
If you haven’t already explored kirtan, do so and have a more easy-go out of life.
May the Source be with you!