Alcala de Henares, Spain
Kirtan Where It Helps
Most of my stepping today was in the city above, done during our Hari Nama Sankirtan practice. Approximately twenty-five of us danced or paced up and down through this trendy downtown, armed with mrdangadrum, kartals(cymbals) and our own good cheer.
It’s funny how people respond to our group. It ranges from disdain, to indifference, to happiness. Obviously, we come across as religious, and some store owners don’t see us as a draw to their merchandise. There are a lot of people, clerks as well as tourists, who just break into a big smile, and that is always reassuring.
It was interesting to see storks flying overhead, and even more-so, landing on municipal towers where their full nesting arrangements have fewer predators at such heights. There’s always an innate desire to see your species survive and prevail.
While we were chanting the streets under an endless awning, a protection from the sun, a group of protesters were shouting out slogans for justice. Apparently Spain had one of those instances where a woman was mercilessly and publicly raped, and the guilty group of men have received a less-than-serious sentence. Of course, people should be penalized to match the offence. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/spain-protests-wolfpack-rape-charges_us_5ae520bee4b04aa23f23a2af
What brings people to do such things? Where do such ideas come from, ideas that get implanted in the brain?
May the Source be with you!