Satisfy the Self
My artist friend, Puskara, from Florida informed me that a barefoot walker across America was struck by an SUV and killed in Florida just outside of Mossy Head very recently. His crusade had to do with raising awareness for climate change. http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/01/23/man-walking-barefoot-across-america-killed-florida/96950426/
Due to limited access to international ground-breaking news, I have few details on the incident. It was indeed sad news to hear. It reminds me of the passing of the Peace Pilgrim who died from a head-on collision when being transported to a program. This woman who referred to herself as the Peace Pilgrim had walked tens of thousands of miles through the U.S. and Canada. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Pilgrim
Meanwhile, here in not-so-peaceful Mayapur, the motor-bike culture persists. Noise and speed are the culprits that threaten a sattvic (calm) environment. Fortunately, someone by the name of Tara heads up the transport department and he sounds very positive about tackling the monsters. Hopefully by next year some positive progress can be made.
Peace comes from hearing something soothing. I cannot credit myself for any reassuring words. I can only function as a parrot and repeat the message that ignites progressive action. I was invited to the Chaitanya Bhavan to speak to a Spanish group on a famous verse from the book “Bhagavatam.” From the first Canto, the verse reads like this: “The supreme occupation for all humanity is that by which people can obtain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self” (SB 1.2.6).
May the Source be with you!