Published on February 20th, 2022 | by Madhudvisa dasa
Krishna Camp at Rainbow Festival — Colorado 2022?
The Rainbow Family are contemplating a grand reunion festival this summer, 2022, in July somewhere in Colorado to celebrate 50 years of Rainbow Festivals. Over the years Hare Krishna devotees have attended Rainbow Festivals and operated kitchens, cooking prasadam and serving the people but will there be a Krishna Camp at this upcoming 2022 Tribal Reunion – World Rainbow Gathering in Colorado this year?
We have a fabulous documentary on the 2005 Rainbow Festival “Krishna Camp”:
There are many devotees who would like to participate, but it requires some organization. We need the 2022 version of the 2005 Krishna Camp organizers. We need a 2022 version of Bhakta Eli and Manu… So we need some young devotees to step up and take responsibility and organize some preaching activities. Like this 2022 Krishna Camp.
You can not expect others to act. If you want something to happen you have to step up and take the responsibility and organize it yourself, there needs to be leadership actually. To organize things, to coordinate things. I know this is not the Rainbow ideology. But it is history. Even in the Rainbow gatherings if you search you will find actually there are some organizers, otherwise it is not possible to get anything done…
In 2005, Bhakta Eli, the coordinator of Krishna Camp, was nobody important in ISKCON, he was not a “big” devotee. He just decided that he wanted to organize a huge prasadam distribution program for the 2005 Colorado Rainbow Festival. And fortunately at the same time Manu was organizing his US Summer Tour for the Hare Krishna Youth. So Manu’s program and Eli’s program collided to form the fabulous 2005 Rainbow KrishnaCamp. Manu’s two busloads of young Krishna devotees and Eli’s huge prasadam distribution program…
So the point is you don’t have to be a “big” devotee to organize some grand preaching program. Watch this video, there is not even one “big” devotee involved in this program. But you do need common sense and an ability to organize. That is very important. Both Manu and Eli were good organizers. Not everyone can organize things, you need the ability to work with people, to organize, but without overlording. There are plenty of devotees out there wanting the opportunity to serve. But someone, with organizational skills, has to serve them by helping them come together and facilitate things. And when devotees come together with a common goal and pool their talents and resources then somehow by Krishna’s mercy magic happens.
The real Krishna conscious leaders are not the big noisy swamis barking out orders to their followers, but the humble Jayanandas leading by example. We have to think of ourselves as servants, servants of Krishna, servants of Prabhupada and servants of the devotees. And we have to try for that, to become the best servants, not that we want to become the master. Krishna is the master and we are all His servants. We have to work ourselves, very hard and very enthusiastically for Krishna and Prabhupada, like Prabhupada showed us by his personal example, not that we can become like the king and order our subjects around…
So I am looking forward to see the fabulous video out of the 2022 Krishna Camp at the 50th Anniversary Tribal Reunion World Rainbow Gathering in Colorado but it will not happen if this years version of Bhakta Eli and Manu don’t step up and take the responsibility to make it a reality.
And we need this years version of Rasacharya also, to make the video…
ALL GLORIES TO YOUR SERVICE!!
Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!