It was a lifestyle!
Bhaktimarga Swami: Many of our crew members are quite ill with fever, but like real troopers they’re carrying on with the show. A number of them wouldn’t mind participating in the walking events, called parikrama,but they see the need to reserve time for this valuable service, the service of ‘enterlightenment’.
Appreciations have been pouring in or just vocalized to actors and myself as we walk around the campus. “We love it.” “You’re outdoing yourself.” “The best!” are common remarks about “The Queen’s Secret.”
We filled the house again, the Samadhi auditorium, and received, once again, a standing ovation. I was delighted to see that at least five of our senior monks attended. Devamrta Swami, who hails from New York said, “It was part of life in New York to go to the theatre on a regular basis. We need this kind of thing in our society.” He was implying that with the hustle and bustle of life, entertainment was like an exhalation, that seeing something on broadway gave colour. “It was a lifestyle.”
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Such encouraging words.
In the meantime, pilgrims come and go to this sacred sight. They come for darshan (deity viewing). They enter the temple and offer prostrate obeisance as a gesture of humility. People come to Mayapura from many different countries. They are wise to do so; some are on foot from afar or if not, on foot when they arrive. There’s lots to see and do. Most remarkable is to see no one smoking, drinking or gambling. Pick-pocketing does go on, so we are told, but all the hearing and all the chanting make all nefarious dealings so minor.