Mysticism and Beyond
On the flight from Manila to Hong Kong, there was a very hip Italian lady (with lots of tattoos and bleached white hair) sitting across from us with her five-year old daughter. Syamarani didi happened to have taken 5 Dasa Avatara coloring books from Manila. She told me to give one to the little girl, but I was too shy – thinking that the coloring book was a bit esoteric for the kid. So then Syamarani didi said to the mother, we think your daughter will really like this coloring book and gave it to her. The kid was so happy! She was looking through it and said she really liked it. The mother even had crayons in her purse. So the kid got to immediately color Lord Rama! We also had a few Gaura Nitai posters left with us and Syamarani didi gave one to the little girl and said it is for her playroom. The kid was in bliss. Made me realize yet once again (I’m a bit slow) that you never know who is destined to have any book.
Our last program in Manila was a grand success. Akhilesvari didi organized Syamarani didi to speak at the theosophy center (where she attends regularly). About forty people were in attendance and fifteen devotees.
The topic requested was about mysticism, so we titled the lecture, ‘Mysticism and Beyond.’ Syamarani didi gave a brilliant lecture about the “mystics” of the Vedas. Click here for the link to the sound file of that class:
Everyone took books and posters and even requested more varieties of titles of Srila Gurudeva’s books. The devotees told them they would donate a set of Srila Gurudeva’s to their library.
I only had one Gaura Nitai poster and this one special lady named Flora saw it and was so attracted to it and she didn’t know why. She asked who They were and when I explained that Mahaprabhu is Krsna disguised as a devotee and came to spread the chanting of the holy name, Flora was overwhelmed and said, “I love that, …spreading.”
The director and the people of the theosophy center want the International Bhakti Yoga Club back for more.