Hari OM - another spell of revamps on the ANLs (pre-blog newsletters) which convey something of life on a city ashram.
ANL 13 - 19th July 2012 - this was a rather serious offering due to the demise of a senior ashramite and the onset of significantly higher teachings combined with Sanskirt exam news… but it had this one light spot which the general readership may enjoy...
Yesterday we had a bit of distraction in that it was Samvid-ji's birthday. Students ran the day (apart from vedanta, of course). Sanskrit class was utilised as a form of revision for the exam, but fun was had during that – culminating in yours truly giving the grammatical usage of the Australian term 'coo-eee'.
It got everyone livened up and Samvid-ji had a couple of giggles so it seemed to go down okay. He also liked the little box I made with an 'expandable' Happy Birthday greeting.
Afternoon snacks turned into a party, with Samvid-ji serving up icecream and cake. And what a cake. Baby Sri Krisna sitting on his private island in paradise. Acarya-ji joined in the fun and painted Samvid-ji's face with the green icing!
Our 7pm slot was filled with students taking over the Bhagavatam teaching and they did a fine job, making it both informative and fun (as Samvid-ji always does himself). Really it was a very pleasant (and bonding) sort of day. But the cherry on the cake as it were, was the final presentation of the night... Samvid-ji himself took the stage and danced a delightful Krishna Lila!! There's no end to the man's talent. Standing ovation, 'natch'.
"We stand as one family..."