Sunday, 4 February 2018

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Mayapur, West Bengal

A Day in the Dham

I have a steady team of boys to accompany me on the short jaunts in the morning—Trevor from Detroit, Amala from Denver, Omkar from Trinidad and Sukhie from South Africa. We clock it to a half hour.

Other walks through the day, all on campus, are from my place of residence at the Gada Building, to the Samadhi auditorium and back.  However, today we ventured off to Vaishnava’s condo for an excellent meal and a spontaneous chanting session.  Our host was quite happy.  Thank you Jagannatha Misra and Sachi, Keshava and Sunita, and Janaki for your presence.

After I left them, Dhruva and I went off to meet the older boy’s division of the Sri Mayapur International School (SMIS).  This time we offered a brief theatre workshop to include voice, improv, charades and emoting.  What can be done in a short time?  We engaged these young men in projection of body and voice.  Like all groups of people in the world, you find extroverts, introverts,  and perhaps middle-verts (those in between).  The exercises help the shy ones to break out of their shell while the louder sector can learn to tame themselves and tone down.  The idea or objective is to build an enhanced team spirit among the boys.

Their teacher is a lively person from Israel, Hari Nam.  When you have a good teacher he/she is a blessing.  The students, aged 10-16, are in a good situation.  I envy them and wish I had had an upbringing like theirs with sacredness at its inner core.

May the Source be with you!

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