We sat in front of a statue of King Kamehameha I (approx. 1736-1819) who was King of the Hawaiian Islands. A group of us were exploring the downtown, when we came upon his statue at the Supreme Court. Now the king was like most conquerors, who set their own standards in order to meet his own agenda. Now that the monarch has passed away, tourists can enjoy this facility of finely cut grass and palatial buildings. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamehameha_I
While sitting here, after covering a few blocks by walking, we reflected on the power of chanting. How blessed we are to have the engagement of japa. I reminded the young men with me that the mind is either your friend or your enemy. When we allow it to go astray, it’s our foe, and when we keep it in good direction it is our angel.
“Whatever you guys end up doing in your lives, have Krishna be there for you, and feel His presence in His name. Never let go of your beads for chanting. Take them with you, forever.”
For standards of chanting, I facilitated a “Kirtan Standards Seminar.” I was so glad to see the core group of Krishna devotees, some of whom travelled with our guru, Prabhupada. This seminar is something that is appreciated wherever we take it. A faithful assistant, Dhruva, from Montreal, is someone who has presented this informative seminar along with me.
Guidelines for such endeavours are always necessary, otherwise it’s easy to go in a whimsical direction, and then everything can be spoiled.
May the Source be with you!