On the rooftop of the house, "Radha," local birds fly about—doves, cookoos, and more. Some land on the shrubs and any other object which would be perfect perches. Mahasrngha, a very amiable type of person from Poland, is the proud owner of this home, which I step into every year when I come to Mayapura.
This morning, a family from Vancouver is up on the flat roof sharing space with me in preparation for a diksha ceremony. One of the women, Satuja, took a seat by the havan and opposite her sat the priest, Krishna Svarup.
We opened up this initiation ceremony with a talk from The Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 9, regarding sacrifice for the pleasure of Vishnu (Krishna) which frees one from karma. Simply doing some yoga or some ‘good works’ is not enough. One must express gratitude to the Absolute Controller of things, or at least honour the Universe.
"That is what human life is all about—yajna—sacrifice. If we could balance our life with the practices of yoga and yajna,then our position, spiritually, would be established.
Satuja accepted the name I gave her—Satyabhama-lila. She was happy and so were her family. She wanted to receive from me some directives from the guru, and so I said to her, "Help the mission in your city." Vancouver is a very vibrant city in the world. A lot of work is to be done in the matter of sharing Krishna Consciousness.
Our actor troupe drew the crowd and the applause.
May the Source be with you!