ON COW HUG DAY
Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
Mayapura, West Bengal, India
In some places in the world today, it is the day to be kind and show a little extra love. St. Valentine was that type of person – loving and giving. What comes to mind is the Vedic context we read about are heroes like Karna and Bali, two outstanding ksatriyas, or warriors, who were most generous.
What the Indian government did today was quite admirable. February 14th is now officially “Cow Hug Day.” Only in India! Thank you, India, for your progressiveness.
In front of our first audience at the Samadhi Auditorium, I announced to the matinee group, the school which is run by Racitambhar, that this is a special day for cows and human interaction with them. I’m not sure why bulls were left out. Apparently, this was not news to the children. They are well informed.
It was also the 50th birthday for Racitambhar’s daughter today, so before the performance, the entire group of teachers and students sang that most famous of songs, “Happy Birthday” with a Hare Krishna twist to it. These students really demonstrated love for their principle. It was awesome.
It was also awesome to have the floor with Stephen Phillips, who just arrived from Canada. We shared the intro on the stage.
The production? Great! Loved by all! Again, much truth comes out of the story of the production, Witness Gopal.
We did have one challenge, though. During the curtain call, our actor/dancer, Parama Karuna, did the splits on the stage and injured himself. What to do? The show must go on tomorrow.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!