Mark becomes Vishnujana…
Guru das: Sunlight burst into the temple and a tall youth with beautiful symmetrical features and a long face framing sensitive eyes came into the temple room. He carried a 12~string guitar and was wearing a one~piece homemade wrap~around skirt. Two women followed him into the temple and they all sat down in front of the swami. As Swamiji spoke, I saw the boy’s face soften, and his face became intent.
Afterward, Swamiji spoke about the chanting. “It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and such anyone can take part in this transcendental sound vibration without any previous qualification and dance in ecstasy. We have seen it practically, even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it.”
Later, I saw this young man, Mark, play his 12~string guitar, his fingers following up and down the frets as the girls gushed. He stood out. He has a saintly demeanor, even more than the usual smiling people who came around. Many had beatific smiles, many were stoned, many were making some spiritual strides, yet this man was different. He soon began leading the chanting and he would play drums for hours on end. He and Yamuna liked to hear each other’s chanting. And to me, the very act of chanting took me out of myself, out of my selfish desires. An inner flying transcendental realm would well up inside me.
Mark became Vishnu~jana, of beautiful features, known for his devotional manners and great chanting. He would be like Lord Chaitanya chanting for hours, oblivious to the heat or cold. He was given sannyasa, initiated into the renounced order, and he led a traveling bus party called the Radha Damodar Traveling Bus Party. He became my very good friend.
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