Mayapura, West Bengal
Time Is Heard
It used to be that the chokidhara (security guard) would pull a rope that would strike the bell every hour, and also on the half hour. You could keep track of the time. Well, that is no more.
The new upcoming temple (TOVP) has within its interior a timely strike of a resonant chime. At 4:00 a.m. you can hear that sweet sound. The source is either a recording, or the real thing. I haven’t quite figured it out.
It reminds me of home. Where I grew up in Blenheim, Ontario, population 3000 at the time, the chimes would sound from St. Mary’s Parish Church. It was beautiful. Now we have it here—a little touch of the west; a touch of Big Ben perhaps.
With the temple manifesting before our eyes, you can see the east and west influence, architecturally. It is as our guru, Srila Prabhupada, wanted—a marriage of the two cultures. Back in 1976, on America’s two-hundredth anniversary, he sat in a lawn chair in Washington DC and like millions of people that day, waited for the evening fireworks to explode in the sky. He contemplated the shape of the Capitol Building for quite some time and remarked that he would like the temple in Mayapur to resemble that edifice.
It was July the 4th and it appears that a seed was planted.
May the Source be with you!