I gave a reading from the classic Sanskrit epic Srimad Bhagavatam this morning in the sublimely beautiful temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the mock-Tudor mansion donated by George Harrison that now serves as Britain's premier Temple. I am staying just five minutes drive away.
I spent several minutes meditating in front of the gorgeous forms of Radha and Gokulananda (Krishna) and Sita Rama.
I very much felt the presence of my Guru Srila Prabhupada also, especially as I sat and spoke my class before his murti (form).
I ate a light breakfast on the lawn in glorious English morning sun and was joined by some visiting Canadian Geese who knew where the action was.
Afterwards I held a press interview near the lake. Matthew Wolstenholme from the Watford Observer asked some questions for the upcoming article he's writing about my visit to The Manor.
He was especially interested in the menu for my Vegetarian BBQ class scheduled to be held Sunday week, my last day in England. I shared the menu with him, and he jotted down the details.
The Vegetarian Barbecue
Syrian Roast Pepper, Walnut & Pomegranate Molasses Dip (Muhammara) with Grilled Ciabatta & Vegetable Crudites
Barbecued Polenta with Rocket Leaves, Italian Caponata Antipasto
& Shaved Parmesan
Barbecued Haloumi & Char-grilled Asparagus with Salsa Verde
Golden Oven-Roasted Cauliflower & Wok-fried Ginger-infused Snow Peas with Cashews, Sweet Chili Sauce, Sour Cream & Fresh Coriander
Yogurt-Cheese (Labneh) with Fresh Balsamic & Honey Strawberries
Media interview #2 was held up in one of the offices. Steve Holland from the Borehamwood & Elstree Times spoke to me for half an hour before he and cameraman Mark joined us for lunch. The feature article will be in this Friday's edition.
Before heading back to write this article I visited the on-site Temple Shop and glanced lovingly at the amazing selection of Maha-Prasadam Indian Sweets prepared in the sanctified Deity Kitchen.
These spectacular (and giant-sized) confectioneries are all made daily with amazing care and attention to detail from milk and sugar, saffron, cardamom, and lots of love, then affectionately offered to Krishna in the Temple. They are world-famous. I must remember to bring some back to Perth to distribute.
Posted by Kurma on 12/7/05; 11:59:52 PM
from the Travel dept.