Here and There
The Resort, Varadero:
One woman was super curious to know about soulmates. Is there a soul that you’re meant to be with from life to life? The answer we offered was, “Allow God to be your actual soulmate.” In consideration that she is twice the age of her boyfriend with thirty years difference, that was sound advice. “Go to the top male,” I said.
A second person, a Montrealer, and originally from Poland, had spotted Hayagriva, and swore she’d seen him in the Metro–subway–in Montreal.
“You were handing out pamphlets. It was winter,” she said.
Hayagriva confirmed that most likely it was him. The very sweet woman had concluded that he and I were some kind of Zen masters. It took some time to let her know that we are of the Krishna order. “It’s somewhat different, older, more seasoned, with directions—bhakti, love and devotion.”
She didn’t quite comprehend.
A Home, Havana:
Here we met followers at the home of Chaitanya Priya, who is the Krishna stalwart of Cuba. And it was here that kirtan was led. Then we discussed the list of eight qualities of a mahatma as delineated in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 9. Of all the qualities, we put the spotlight onto the practice of continual chanting, satatam kirtayanto mam. What that phrase means, essentially, is to constantly express appreciation for the blessings that have come to you from above.
Chaitanya Priya was rough in terms of her cuisine products when I began to come to Cuba in the first decade of the 2000s. Now, with her Indian spices, she’s doing great. She’s excelling.
May the Source be with you!