Sunday, February 19th, 2023
Mayapura, West Bengal, India
Santosh, from Simhachalam, journeyed to Mayapura for his diksa, initiation. When I saw he has a tattoo on his right arm of a lion, I knew this was a confirmation for the chosen name I gave him – Simha Avatar, the lion incarnation. The two other initiates at the fire ceremony on the rooftop of Radha House are from the local area.
Sajan, a gardener for the Mayapura campus, accepted the name Sridhara, and last but not least, working with finance and accounts, is Krishnandu, who received the name Krishna Avatar. I emphasized to the group to ride on the virtue of hope and to always count on the blessings Krishna sends to you.
One mature woman, Bhakti Dasi, received her second diksa, so I introduced her to the gayatri mantras for purification.
A particular highlight of the day was meeting devotional veteran, Ramesvara, a disciple of Prabhupada, at a trail intersection. He offered his generous moments to talk to us about cultural conquest. It was through fine arts and theatrical presentations that Prabhupada was convinced of a revolution in consciousness.
“I was watching him being totally delighted by the dramatic piece, The Age of Kali,” said Ramesvara. That certainly gives me food for thought on preparing for a contemporary production such as this for next year.
The Age of Kali – what happens during this era, and how does it terminate?
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!