Thursday, 7 July 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Burnaby, British Columbia

It Started With Fluff

Fluff floats in the air at this time of year, which is actually seeds sent off by poplars. Well, that is what is occurring in many places in North America, and the several acres off of Marine Drive, the location of the “Sage the Earth” event at ISKCON, is also having that magical touch.

Ananda Gauranga, the priest for the event, is conducting the fire ceremony, not missing a beat with his Sanskrit mantra pronunciation. “He sounds like an auctioneer,” happily blurted out Patrick, the sound man at the main stage, as he readied for presentations by dignitaries. The Mayor, Mike Hurley, came. So did Peter Julian, Member of Parliament. When Peter volunteered to take up some Bharat Natyam dance steps, a first for him, it got the audience quite excited.

I particularly felt some exhilaration when some of the local musicians were jamming it up with devotional songs with traditional lyrics. Jagamohan and others really gave the program that sweet touch, although by that time the audience had thinned out.

Meeting and mingling are a big part of a devotional event like this. I sat down with Navin Maharaja (origin Fiji) and it was his dream-child to put on this event as a way to warm up the community for a future fundraiser for the upcoming temple.

I want to thank the organizers and the youth for their drama. It was our Vallabha Hari, from Toronto, who was an excellent master of ceremonies. Congratulations to Krishna Shanti for her receiving second initiation. Such a soft heart she is.

May the Source be with you!

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