It was really pleasant having Nick over from St. John, New Brunswick. He and his wife, Sara, run a Krishna Centre there. People are responding really well in that small city, with a population of about 150,000 in the area.
Nick came over early for the morning sadhana, arriving at 5:00 o’clock for a purifier. At that time, I was reading from the Bhagavad-gita, a passage from Chapter One: Observing the Armies. Verse 15 goes like this, “Sri Krishna blew His conch shell, called Pancajanya; Arjuna blew his, the Devadatta, and Bhima, the voracious eater and performer of herculean tasks, blew his terrific conch shell, called Paundra.”
The above verse addresses the goings-on on the field of battle, when action was about to begin. Conches were blown by warriors to indicate, “We are ready and able. We are about to start.”
Nick came over to start his day, not armed with conches but with beads and an open heart. The morning sadhana completed, after a bite to eat, we sat down to discuss how we can effectively approach the New Brunswick public and take charge. It doesn’t require the blowing of any horns, but some promotion through the internet. What is not tackled these days through cyberspace?
If we want to inform, alert or announce something of value, then we communicate with the use of current weaponry, but we can only be as effective in this communication as we are strong in our preparation. Through sadhana we can prepare. Through sadhana we can purge and show power.
May the Source be with you!