Unlike last year, I did not get a spike in traffic from this. I think the Trust did a much better job of publicizing it, and also I think people could hit the Youtube site without going through this blog or even the Trust’s web site. The Youtube broadcast had a running live tally of how many people were watching, which maxed out at 275 during Chairman Shridhar Kelkar’s talk just before the 15-min. Silence at noon. The 2nd highest traffic number was 245 during the subsequent Aarti and Dhoon by Ahmednagar Center just before Silence.
The quality of the broadcast, courtesy of Youtube, was a huge improvement over previous years, in quality, stability and duration. I finally figured out the native screenshot feature in my spiffy new Debian 8 operating system, and those that made the final cut will be found in these three locations:
These are not great resolution shots, but they’re still a lot better than previous years, and personally I’m more interested in the sound, which was also more loud and clear than previous years. My favorite group? The Shirwale Kajal group of Meherabad. That’s not a definitive judgement, because I only saw a small minority of performances, but they were the best ones I saw, I thought. What the hell, what’s the point of being nearly 70, with grey and white hairs, 58,000 attudes, and 900 ways to precisely modulate the exact tone of a dog fart to perfection, if you can’t even write about what you like, you know what I mean?
Moving right along to something that matters, please, this paragraph right here is none of the above. This is something that I really feel strongly about. I really really hope that that Youtube site can remain there in perpetuity, because some of these youngsters are headed for the stage and the silver screen, we know that, right? And I am sure that Bollywood scouts and other entertainment industry professionals are going to find that huge stash of performances and go through them looking for new talent, and that they most certainly will find some, if the site is there to go through.
As a final note in passing, Shridhar’s talk emphasized that the Koreans had just appeared at Meherabad in a group. Historically what has happened is that people show up at Meherabad when their country of origin is in serious trouble. The first such group was my cohort, WWII Baby Boomers, most of them Americans, who came during the Vietnam war. Then when Iran was in serious political upheavals, the latter-day Iranis came in force, and many of them stayed. The Koreans are a very special people, also coming in a time of crisis for them, and the way they came, in a group, and in the process of translating the Master’s works into Korean, means that these are serious devotees of God, which is the whole nature of the Korean people. When Koreans move, they move hard and they move fast, and despite smaller numbers, they’ll have a significant positive impact on the community at Meherabad, even as new-comers, just as they have had in Hawaii.
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