Some time ago I had come across a wonderful statement by one of the former presidents of the United States, Herbert Hoover:
"If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish. We would assure ourselves of healthier minds and vigorous bodies, to direct the energies of our nation to greater hights of achievement."
What a wonderful sutra for our ISKCON society to meditate on! Indeed, we could direct the energies of Lord Chaitanya's Sankirtan movement to greater hights of achievement, if we can bring about a generation of well trained, educated and Krishna conscious children, with healthy minds and vigorous bodies!
Our Fun-Day was once again a thoroughly joyful event for everyone who participated. We hired a bus and went to the Eco-park, which is a small version of a zoo. Sahasrajit Prabhu was leading the outing, and on the bus he set the mood with funny announcements for the children: "All children please listen carefully! When we arrive at the park, please make sure you take your parents on your hand, so they don't get lost! Keep a good eye on them, and don't allow them to run off....!" And the children responded with enthusiastic cheers!
In groups we visited all kinds of species of life: a variety of monkeys, and tigers, lions, zebras, bears, so many birds, and other forms of life. We chanted Hare Krishna to them, fed them prasadam apples and carrots, and marveled at Krishna's good sense of humor, creating so many species of life to facilitate all kinds of material desires and inclinations. And once again we were grateful for being in the human form of life, which allows us to develop our relationship with Him.
We came together at a park-like open space for a lunch picnic, with wonderful prasadam: baked samosas, boiled corn, pizza, cookies and other tasty items. Everything was so well arranged, and our Prabhus took charge and provided for all our needs.
On the way home I saw the children blissfully falling asleep.........
On the 26th of July I flew off to Zagreb/Croatia........
Your servant, Devaki dd