Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Moundsville, West Virginia
We have all flipped a page from our calendar to usher in October. While tree leaves are becoming gorgeous colours and the chlorophyll breaks down, we are enjoying perfect weather. In fact, not a leaf was moving during our japa meditation, and so was the swan also not moving, likely asleep.
At Bhagavatam class time, I was asked to convey some message form the great book and take the opportunity to speak on the relevance of the men's retreat that took place at Naimisaranya, India, long ago. A great sage, Sukadev, spoke to thousands. Perhaps one day our numbers for MAN-tra may escalate to such levels.
I took the mic and expressed our purpose from a poem I wrote called "Origins of MAN-tra." Here's an excerpt:
"An idea sprang up – a retreat for conscious men who do open up – the bonding would be most valuable – we get to grow, glow, and learn to be better men, sensitive protective."
At half-mast of the day, we wound down after Kalakantha's presentation on how to start up a men's group in one's own community. We did a grand finale with kirtan and congratulations for those who managed the retreat, and a standing ovation for Jai Krishna, the head admin of the New Vrindavan Village. And to top it off, we went to each and everyone for hugging. Every man hugged every man. The camaraderie was remarkable.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!