Thursday, 7 December 2017

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Santa Clara / Matanzas

Cuba: Close to the End

At Club Video, we conducted our last formal presentation in Cuba.  Followers of Deepak Chopra came, as did the regular bhakti yogis of Krishna.  We went rather enthusiastic with our own aerobics and became like children in a playground.  It’s great to see adults become like that.  I was the guy on the drums thumping away as best I could.

It was a long drive to Matanzas and to the cathedral at Monserrate where we made lasting connections with residents who practise devotion.  We touched three generations there.  Each one loves the attention and the greatest goes to the youngest.

Our final stopover was the overnight stay in Varadero.  We are now in the habit of thanking our cab drivers who really do a fine job of delivering the goods—us.  If there’s a garland to circle his neck or a group of people to chant upon his arrival after transporting his passengers, it really makes the difference.  Appreciation for any endeavour goes the longest distance, probably around the world.

I’ve found that a healthy pat on the back for the guys and a respectful bow to the female devotees also offers them an incredible boost.  After all, I only come once a year for a week, which is just a drop in the bucket as far as encouragement is concerned.

In many ways Cuba is cut off from the rest of the world culturally, socially and politically.  This has its advantages.  I love the Cubans.  Their warmth is unsurpassed.  My trip winds up soon, as does the year.

May the Source be with you!

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