Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
Mayapura, West Bengal, India
New Management is in place for the boys’ gurukula across from the elephant camp. Nitai Madhava, the principal of the school, invited me for delivering any message on “Tales from Trails” and anything I would like to say about the Founder–Acharya of the Krishna movement, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Being that these boys are ages 6-14, I thought they might want to hear about my encounters with animals during my walks. There was an attack by blackbirds, a serious stab in the behind by hornets in seven places, the threat by a black bear, and perhaps the most fearsome encounter was with a massive grizzly. The boys were wide eyed at hearing the stories. And a special treat from them to us was a drama presentation of the story of Jagai and Madhai – two lowly characters who went through a transformation of consciousness.
The setting for this school, the layout, and materials used are so exotic. The care and concern for these students at this day school is heartwarming. You can’t help wondering what it would have been like to attend such a facility in your own childhood.
The heat is on and the walk back to our residence at the Gada Bhavan was a hard walk. These days we are looking at mid-thirties temperatures. By 4 pm, the intensity of the sun starts to subside and a special yajna (fire sacrifice) was beckoning us to the nearby Jagannatha temple in honour of a young boy who left his body at six months of age.
There was also a meeting with Visvambhara to discuss how we will expand in Winnipeg, and we had a pizza party for Vya’s birthday!
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!