My morning began with a walk on what everyone calls Magic Island. With a group of young followers of bhakti, we executed our individual mantras on our japa beads. “How did you like the walk?” I asked the crew, who all seem to represent a different part of the world.
“Great! Awesome! Fantastic!” and more.
Who would ever consider a simple beach trek to be all those things?
At ISKCON Honolulu, I met Reverend Tim of the Unity Church. Very devotional. He quoted 18.54 from the Gita about devotion being undivided and how this type of devotion brings one to see Him standing before you.
After another smaller trek, halfway up the mountain valley outside of the city, another small group and I went to see the property of Mayapur Lila from Canada. Quaint and breezy it is. We also included a look at Butter the cow, Cinderella the sow and Radha, from the breed of gir cows—Indian origin—at a farm nearby.
I was getting some well-needed sun.
Reverend Tim came to meet us, once again, at Gurudas’ home, the location of a house-packed sanga. I spoke of how I joined the ranks of monks. I opened with verse one of the Isopanishad, on accepting what we’re given. In this regard, one devotee offered to say a quote from Gandhi, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”
May the Source be with you!