As Prabhupada says in SB 3.23.2: "A man's psychology and woman's psychology are different. As constituted by bodily frame, a man always wants to be superior to his wife, and a woman, as bodily constituted, is naturally inferior to her husband. Thus the natural instinct is that the husband wants to post himself as superior to the wife, and this must be observed. Even if there is some wrong on the part of the husband, the wife must tolerate it, and thus there will be no misunderstanding between husband and wife."
In the evening we had another program with the ladies and discussed sweet details of Krsna lifting Govardhana Hill - one of my favorite lilas.
At 3:30 am we drove up the winding road leading us to the top of the mountain where this famous Balaji Temple is located. Usually the pilgrims are walking up the hill, which takes around 5 to 6 hours. And once they arrive they have to stand in line for another 8 hours in order to get the darshan of the Lord. This is what it means to show eagerness to see the Lord - to happily accept so much endeavor and tapasya!
Coming closer to the actual temple area the atmosphere became more and more surcharged with awe and reverance. Everywhere the Lord's servants were rushing around being busily engaged with many important matters, while the atmosphere was filled with the chanting of various mantras beginning with along "Om......".
One could sense a mood of elaborate service in cleanliness, strictness and punctuality, which created an uplifting and transcendental atmosphere.
Finally we were ushered along a narrow corridor up to the very altar to receive darshan of Lord Balaji. Guards were rushing every visitor to move on in order to make the entire process of taking darshan faster. Since it was Friday after the early morning abhishek one could see the Lord's Lotus feet.
Here Balaji's servants have the experience and full faith that the Lord is the most wealthy personality.
It is one of the most oppulent temples in India....
On the 3rd of November I flew on to Bangalore.....