|At six a.m. yesterday I embarked on a half-day adventure. I was picked up from Aldenham and driven to the Downtown Temple in Soho Street, a forty-five minute expedition down the motorway.
The temple, near one of the busiest thoroughfares in central London, has enjoyed the same location for the last thirty years, along with it’s adjoining Govinda’s Restaurant.
I posed for a quick photo opportunity before going upstairs to give a brief morning reading from my biographical/historical work ‘The Great Transcendental Adventure’.
The 5-storey temple building’s inner-sanctum is gorgeous, replete with classic Jaipur-style architecture.
At one end of the main temple area is an appropriate shrine for the great personality who inspired all of this, Srila Prabhupada.
The ‘cynosure for the eyes’ is the central altar housing the beautiful and graceful Murti forms of Radha and Krishna, the Divine Couple.
…along with the ever smiling Baladeva, Subhadra and Jagannatha.
After a hearty breakfast I was whisked back to home base to prepare for the final of my three afternoon cookery classes.
These dal poories were just one of nine delightful courses.
A group shot in our spacious cooking tent rounded out an all-but-perfect day, marred only by the early-afternoon news of yet another quartet of suicide bombing attempts in central London, exploding not long after I departed the city centre.
Posted by Kurma on 22/7/05; 3:13:48 PM from the Travel dept.