Moundsville, West Virginia
It was a drizzle of a morning but
that was no roadblock for some enthusiasts to circum-ambulate the lake at New
Vrindavan. There has been no conversation during the strolls around the lake,
named Rada Kunda. When our mantra sessions were completed at today’s
half-point, I had several devotees from various locations say that it was the
first time they ever walked with a swami and just chanted those mantras.
It is my hope at least some of them would return to their respective places and
form japa walking groups; with or without a monk.
The last session for the weekend
was a presentation by Partha on the topic of “Integrating Compassion,” done on
Zoom, but fortunately the interest on the topic was maintained and followed by
a breakout session in the location of our meetings – the Yoga Shala. The final kirtan
called for moving and stacking chairs to allow for free space to chant and
This dancing over the last three
days compensated for the reduced amount of walking I’ve done. The lake is
small. Overall, the experience of men bonding on a human and spiritual platform
was very potent. It was interesting to see emotions projected such as when
tissues came out to absorb tears over the topic of fatherhood.
One observation was that Brhat
and myself were the only saffron-clad chaps at the retreat when the MANtra
retreat called for all practitioners of bhakti yoga of different
backgrounds. Maybe next year?
May the Source be with you!