2, 2005 Srila Narayana Maharaja gave a lecture in the home of
Visvambhara dasa and Pancali dasi on the island of Kauai. Over 160 people
attended. The program started out with traditional devotional songs, and then
Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke about the need for people to come together
from all faiths and learn the science of bhakti-yoga. Love of God transcends
religions because it is the true nature of the soul. He explained
that running after material life is only a distraction from the real
reason we are here on Earth, which is to learn to love and to serve God.
There are so many tragedies in this life; how do we deal with them? Many people
turn to drugs or some other distraction to try to feel better, but that
does not work Even if the results appear
pleasant, they do not last. Bhakti-yoga teaches the method to uncover our true
self, our spiritual self, through serving and loving God.
Maharaja requested that everyone come together and have compassion
for each other, instead of fighting over material designations such as skin
color, nationality, or religion. After He spoke, there was a beautiful
poem read by Chandrika dasi, and then more music and group chanting. The
last part of the evenings program was a 7
course meal of maha-prasada and discussions of Srila Bhaktivedanta
Narayana Maharaja's many books. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
Meeting with former Kauai
Mayor, Marianne Kusaka,
and local radio celebrity
and author Dr. Ann West.
On far left is Eric and his girlfriend Rebecca (handing Srila Maharaja a
who were picked up
by the devotees while hitchiking.