"Removed me far away from the bodily pain I've been suffering from."
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Pain Management Therapy

Bhakta Jim Seymour
3 November 2005 [Posted Sat 5 Nov 2005]
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From: "Jim"
To: "Diane Marie Chan"
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 16:01:18 -0800

Dear Das,
Please accept my most humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Today a really wonderful thing happened. Hansadutta Prabhu attends a weekly pain management session at the local health clinic here in Cloverdale. A few minutes before it was scheduled to begin, he came by my house and invited me sit in on the session. "I'm going to suggest that we have a kirtan today, so please bring a pair of kartals.

So, I excitedly drove down to the clinic. When I came into the room, he was explaining the Hare Krishna Mantra to the group of about 12 people. Some of the people were very tentative about the idea of chanting, but others appeared relaxed and interested. So, he began with the standard Vande Ham invocation, and then proceeded with the kirtan. The man seated directly to my left, named Guy, immediately started chanting Hare Krishna as if he had been doing it his entire life! It was so enlivening to hear a complete stranger who had never heard or been in a kirtan before just launch into the mantra. Right away I thought to myself, "He has had a connection to this from his previous life, and now he is ready to come back into the orbit of Krishna."

After the brief kirtan ended, Hansadutta wrapped it up with some more simple explanations of the nature of transcendental sound, how kirtan is not like an ordinary musical "performance", but a reciprocal, participatory experience. The session leader, Dr. Murphy, then asked the group what they thought of the experience. A couple of very nice people had very favorable responses to the idea of chanting. One woman remarked that it immediately made her feel spiritually connected to the Divine energy of God. She recalled that the most peace and tranquility she had ever experienced was when she was singing Gregorian Chants in her church many years ago, and that this chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra was reconnecting her to that blissful feeling. Guy said that he totally embraced the idea, and said that it "Removed me far away from the bodily pain I've been suffering from."

Overall, it was a very enlivening and uplifting experience, and a few people followed us out to the car and took some books. Hansadutta gave Guy a chanting kit, complete with a recording of Srila Prabhupada leading japa mala, a bead bag and a set of simple wooden japa beads. Guy also took a couple of books. Who knows, maybe this will grow into an ongoing event? Next week, we want to bring a nice prasadam preparation like Halavah.

It is always a joy to see others become exposed to the one remedy that can cure all human ailments, disturbances and miseries: "Ancient Medicine for Modern Man": Kirtan!

Your aspiring servant,
Bhakta Jim



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