Connections in Cuba
“Are you Musulman?” asked one of the employees at the Starfield Resort.
“No, we are not Muslim,” Hayagriva answered back in Spanish.
Another employee asked if we were monks and the answer was positive. A woman approached us about setting up an appointment to discuss reincarnation. We are booked then for tomorrow morning.
Oleg, a Russian, came up to us by the ocean front and began to recite the pranatis (prayers) to our guru, Srila Prabhupada. Quite amazing! He happens to know the big shots amongst our swamis from the eastern block—Bhakti Vijnana and Indradyumna Swamis. Unfortunately Oleg is well acquainted with the product of breweries. We felt for him and pray he will take up the fight.
Some of the Russian and Canadian tourists have had a good experience with Krishna monks from their homeland. They may even break into a jig upon seeing us, all in good fun.
Behind the work-out gym in downtown Matanzas, there lives Gonsalez, a seventy-four-year-old Reiki master, and he was host to our talk tonight. He requested the topic: How energies can help transition a person’s higher consciousness! Basically, we spoke then on the transformation of shakti (energy) to the realm of bhakti (devotion).
We cited Arjuna as an example of someone whose enthusiasm toward duty was low; it was his guru, Krishna, who suggested he channel all talents and energies into love, and to transcend duty.
Life’s mission is to bring our lower nature to oblivion and permit elevated consciousness to prevail.
May the Source be with you!