Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Baltimore Ratha-Yatra

With college preaching season el finito, this means the New Vrindaban Brahmacari Action Team (Balarama Chandra, Gauranga Kishore, Caitanya, Jagadish Caitanya, Bhakta-Dan and my lowly self) crams like sardines into our Dodge Civic Dasa and hits the road for various transcendental reasons.

On our way to New York City to see Radhanath Swami, we stopped first in Baltimore for their fifth annual Festival of Chariots, the Ratha-Yatra, in which the divine smiling visages of Lords Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra are paraded through the downtown streets, surrounded by hundreds of ecstatic, dancing devotees, for all to see and take merciful blessings from.

Big ups to the devotees of ISKCON Baltimore for staging a wonderful parade and festival for the pleasure of Their Lordships and the enlightenment of all those who shared in the sights, sounds, and tastes.

Here is our dear Bhakta-Dan getting his first opportunity at one of the highest transcendental pleasures, distributing Prabhupada's books. Within minutes, he had that unique taste that comes from this very special service and passing out books left and right with all the gusto he could muster. From what I saw, I think this kid's gonna make it back to Goloka sooner rather than later. As you can see in the photo below, he was feeling the true mellow of self-satisfaction in the divine loving service of the Lord.

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