Getting on with Kirtan
I really had to think over what I
would speak about at the Brampton ISKCON Sunday program. I was in the premises
just one day before conducting workshops on kirtan standards, which went
well. So, it dawned on me that not everyone attended from the congregation.
“Let me try an abbreviated version of the previous day’s workshop, now that I
have a larger audience today.”
I took full advantage of the
situation. The end result is that people listened, were delighted and informed.
The president of ISKCON Brampton, Radha Gopinatha, even asked, “Please do this
again in the spring.”
I said, “Alright!”
What was so gratifying about the
second half of the day, at a home function (at Amul’s place), we had a series
of people singing, someone from Ukraine, another from Jamaica, from Canada,
from Bangladesh – always simple tunes, all melodious - and with great
participation from everyone. It went so well with the guidelines on kirtan
being followed and these were vocalists and musicians who didn’t attend my
workshop. It felt that it was a reciprocation from above. Oh, dear Sri
Krishna is pleased with the efforts of giving some direction with respect to
chanting. Of course, we have to credit our beloved spiritual master,
Prabhupada, for bringing light to the all-powerful importance of this most
cherished of devotional activities.
May the Source be with you!