Mayapura, West Bengal
Get Behind the Family
When I walked with friend, Anuttama, in northern California for four days last September, an idea was born. We talked about having a men’s retreat, an occasion where Vaishnava males can speak about their responsibilities in a social and spiritual context. A component of that would be to understand what women want or need from them. What drove this concept for a retreat, at least for me, was to promote wholesome family life.
I also met with members of the Women’s Ministry, headed by lawyer, Radha, with a view toward achieving the same—a more solid family structure within our society of bhakti-yogis. The family is the foundation to nurturing community.
The family spirit is something we have been attempting to inculcate into our drama rehearsals. All of our team agrees that we have a good thing going when we work and team-build for the production of, “Many Mothers, Many Fathers,” which by the way is a play that sends a powerful message about family members supporting each other. We begin sessions with a guru-puja.
I was granted time off from participating in this morning’s meeting of the Governing Body Commissioners in order to attend Open Day with the Sridham Mayapura International School. The students and principal, Ajay Dasi, beckoned me several times to attend. So many dads and mums show up supporting their children.
Incidentally our story of “Many Mothers, Many Fathers” was a hit. We received a standing ovation.
May the Source be with you!