Saturday, May 13th, 2023
Moundsville, West Virgina
I'm not the biggest fan for rain as a medium to walk through, but I do see that plant life is favorable. It shows in its colour – green, and it all gives off a shiny surface. My walking becomes constrained to the indoors, but no problem, at the New Vrindavana temple, there is this corridor system running at the building's perimeter that makes it conducive to walkthrough. That channel, I took advantage of until the 5:00 am arati service, which was wonderful. I mean, everyone was on a thump with heart and feet.
This is the Vaishnava Arts Festival, and featured on the stage at the Performance Community Hall were artists of dance, piano, song, acting. What a treat! And the theme was all about our Krishna culture involving children as Krishna’s cowherd boy-friends, a skit called “Phantom of the Ashram,” poetry by Sankirtan Das, and yes, to top off all the good enterlightenment, our drama, Witness Gopal. All of the above brought laughter to tears.
I am grateful to Kalakantha from Florida, who resurrected the fest that once was The Festival of Inspiration. It has taken on the current reincarnation as an art initiative while many goers to this program are members of the Bhakti Academy, AKA Krishna House – An ideal program for young seekers of spiritual life.
I was speaking with the president, Jaya Krishna, and I found it interesting that many pilgrims have their origin from Nepal. On the whole, New Vrindavan attracts 35,000 visitors each year and it's growing.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!