A visit from the youth of ISKCON Montreal left devotees at Toronto's weekly Sunday Feast enamoured by the enthusiasm, creativity and warmth of our fellow devotees from "la belle province" (Quebec).
It all started months ago, in February, when youth from ISKCON Toronto paid a visit to ISKCON Montreal, home of Sri Sri Radha Manohara. Amazing bonds were made with the youth of Montreal and this weekend presented another opportunity for the youth of Montreal and Toronto to renew acquaintances and forge deeper bonds!
With a packed long weekend full of activities, the Sunday Feast really seemed to captured the mood and spirit of the amazing atmosphere that was present over the course of the weekend. Beginning with the 6:00pm arati led by Montreal devotees, the Sunday Feast was then turned over to HH Bhaktimarga Swami and HG Brhat Mrdanga das who eloquently spoke about the importance of spiritual knowledge. Fittingly enough, the next part of the program was the official graduation ceremony for the students of the recently-completed Bhakti Sastri educational program.
The youth of ISKCON Montreal then once again took centre stage and presented a delightful drama entitled, "Hanumana Meets Lord Rama". The assembled gathering of devotees were thrilled by the performance and erupted into a huge round of applause in appreciation for the Montreal youth!
HH Bhaktimarga Swami then got everyones sweat glands working into overdrive as he led a wild and rocking kirtan that had even the most bashful of devotees stepping lightly and dancing. Surrounded by the Montreal youth, Maharaj closed the evening with a bang.
For those who may not know, "la belle province" simply translates to mean "the beautiful province", which is a nickname for the province of Quebec. Devotees who attended Toronto's Sunday Feast surely would agree that this description is even more appropriate as they got a flavour of Montreal's beautiful devotees!