by Dina Bandhu Das, The Bhakti Center

In this benediction uttered by Sri Prahlada Maharaja, we find a heartfelt prayer for unity and mutual concern among all living entities. His plea also offers a practical course of action—by letting go of misunderstandings, we may cultivate a broader vision and at last, think seriously about the welfare of others, and in doing so, experience a natural blossoming of serenity and devotion in the heart.

When we live in a community, our kindnesses must be reciprocal. It is through a loving exchange that we build relationships, learn from one another, establish trust, and appreciate both commonalities and variety. As favorable as it is to direct our vision toward others, we must also allow ourselves to be visible and better understood by those around us. This is where genuine connection begins.

When we think of the act of participating in the census, we may initially conceive of it as a formality or even an imposition. However, without making our presence fully known within our extended communities, we may miss positive opportunities for meaningful discourse, collaboration, service, and cooperation. This expansion of our sanga beyond our immediate congregations may bear fruit on many levels and increase our overall connectivity. In this way, we hope that this initiative may lead to significant developments within New York City and bring unique blessings for many.

Om Tat Sat