Wednesday, September 6th, 2023
Moncton, New Brunswick
Hindu Society New Brunswick opened its doors to the public for Krishna's birthday, Janmastami. A former restaurant on Main Street closed down during covid, like many business, so on a temporary basis, the facility is rented out to this community. The building was a bit puny to handle the crowd. It definitely had that India flavour with all the congestion.
The celebrations began with young men in white shirts and black trousers acting out a drama in the parking lot. It was performed in Hindi. Rama Lila translated and I found it to be intellectual and provocative leading to a final good moral.
The rest of the evening was mostly our contribution of chanting. Mahapurna, the bhakti band, was excellent at that. I was given the task to speak which entailed assisting the crowd to know how valuable Krishna is in our lives. Somehow my memorized slokas from the Gita more or less flowed like a river, the Ganges, perhaps.
By the way, the St. John River flowing through the province is mighty and majestic. And in Moncton it is the Petitcodiac River, the colour of chocolate, meandering through showing off the highest and lowest tide in the world. It is hard not to see a Creator behind this all. Krishna has veins of jal (water) forcing their way to the massive Atlantic. Krishna is born today and good vibrations are in the air. It is an opportunity to increase acts of devotion and show our love for Him.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!