Moundsville, West Virginia
Topic of Sexuality
The final day of the MAN-tra retreat permitted space for discussions on human issues. What are considered controversial topics, under the theme of sexuality, came to the table. Topics such as illicit sex and what that really means came up. Also, where do you place pornography and masturbation—into what category? These more sensitive areas of discussion were very important to the minds of the participants.
In a more ‘closed’ session, one attendee expressed that he goes to work daily on 5thAvenue by walking, and while walking listens to discourses by Prabhupada. At the same time, the marketing of sex is all pervasive from billboards, shop windows, moving busses, in subways, etc. How does a young man deal with the apparent temptations? How do you keep cool under such conditions?
We were proud of the fact that for a humble start 120 persons registered. Presenters were additional. Some local residents also came to participate.
I really want to thank Anuttama who was the main sea captain behind this vessel. He and I dreamed up this project and it is something we want to continue for next year. I also want to thank Rajni from Florida, Vraja Kishor from West Virginia, and Kaustubha from Cleveland who all made my stay in New Vrndavana, in the hills, so comfortable.
May the Source be with you!