Sunday, October 29th, 2023
Almost everything is about perfect about my stay in Pune. It's a vibrant community with a great service attitude. The shrine in the temple is gorgeously decorated in honour of the auspicious Rasayatra, the divine dalliance of Krishna and the gopis. The special time also marks the start of the month of Damodhara – remembering Krishna as the butter snatcher.
What a blessing it was being asked to take the lead in the mangal (early morning) song at 4:30 a.m.! And being Sunday, the place was packed. When I heard from my friend, Bhakti Rupa, who lives in Puri, that sometimes the crowds are so thick, some folks faint due to the lack of oxygen, I feel that I don't want to be one of those victims in a congested temple room. To accommodate the seniors (I guess I'm one of them), a space is also reserved, amply, for the lead singers; and so a Canuck like me, used to breezy spots, should have no problem.
I guess on that note, things are almost perfect. My good friend, Anuttama, who joined me for four days in California in 2017 on my marathon walk across the USA, delivered the class, which was splendid!
Prasadam (blessed food) has been so divine. They even have avocados here in India.
Today marked the last session of meetings. They were professionally run, and devotionally run, I might add. The only shortcoming to my stay here is in the area of deprivation of good green walking trails. The time in France offered space like anything. I was so impressed on the cleanliness factor. No Tim Horton's coffee cups on the side of the road. In Pune, it's all about joyful people, but congestion. That's why it's not perfect.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!