Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Mayapura, India

The Commencement

Weather conditions are so nice,  although a little coolness is felt on our feet from the tile floors.  "Get your socks," I recommended to Corrado while we were pacing around in the Prabhupada Samadhi.  He came back with a hoodie as a second layer.  His feet were fine.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B8QNIRzDnXy/?igshid=l7k2ndkqjolq

So around and around we went, chanting softly on our japa beads as we revered the murti (image) of our guru on our right, while walking in a clockwise direction.

A pujari priest came to offer a sweet, a piece of burfi, a pleasant-tasting cooked-down milk.  This milk is 100 percent ahimsa (slaughter-free) sourced from a happy cow.  This is a standard routine—the kindness of a priest—receiving some mercy from God in what is called prasadam.

My meetings for leaders have not yet begun, but practices for our drama have commenced.  We have become active with three major components to a drama's formation: movement, voice and character.  And it is a collective effort that is allowing the story of Bhishma to unfold. People with backgrounds in martial arts, dance and voice are contributing to the production.

"We are opening the scene with a three-layered cake, meaning that our first image reveals Krishna bearing the divine chakra or disc.  Behind him are a row of dancers representing the Ganges River.  Out of its waters emerges layer Number 3: three princesses and a mighty warrior by the name of Bhishma."
And that's how we start,”  I expressed again.

"We have to honour time, disciples and fun.  We must open our ears to all that needs to be heard.  Let's keep that spirit."

May the Source be with you!
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