Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022

Parkdale/Brampton

Freezing Friday

There were two of them – twins – just babies, Ronik and Ronok at six months are at an age where they receive their first grains in the form of kheer, a rice pudding, which signifies that they are entering a period of growth. This sweet ceremony where a brahman or priest feeds the first spoonful is a samskara, or sacrament, and is called anna prasanna. I was the priest.

One of them, held in parent’s hands, didn’t take too well but the other relished it like anything. When it came to their choice of grabbing either a book or coin, each of them took to the Gita. Parent, family and friends were overjoyed that the two little ones are devotionally inclined.

People in general actually do have a propensity towards bhakti. While on a walk, south to Queen St. in Toronto and then heading west, I realized the tendency to express love and service is in all of us. This “best in everyone” comes through when they catch sight of a monk.

A crossing guard/security fellow with a “STOP” sign came to me. “You’re a monk?”

“Definitely!”

“I’m Buddhist.” He informed.

“Fantastic!”

A woman asked if I would pray for her.

“Pray for me and I’ll pray for you!”

“It’s a deal,” I said.

A man picking up a takeout delivery of burritos remarked, “That’s a nice suit.”

“Thanks!”

Finally, a fellow devouring a pizza on some outdoor stairs simply remarked, “God bless you, eh!”

“And you too!”

My evening was then spent in a household with seven families. We were joyfully reviewing chapter two of the Gita. We were in spirits. 

May the Source be with you!

8 km 


 

 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Queen’s Park, Toronto

The Power of Paramatma 

Every morning our reader, Vallabha Hari, who is a natural Master of Ceremonies, projects out on the microphone a passage from the Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is and it is always a reassuring message from God. Today’s passage went as such from chapter six: 

“For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me.” And, very closely connected to verse thirty is the sloka of yesterday, verse twenty-nine, “A true yogi observes Me in all beings and also sees every being in me. Indeed, the self-realized person sees Me, the Supreme Lord, everywhere.”

It just so happened that the theme of the omnipresence of Krishna reappeared in my afternoon session of our weekly Zoom class. There we delved into the topic of the power paramatma, the Supersoul, being inside and outside; mystically present in all things within existence. This information on the Supersoul is sourced from chapter thirteen. Interesting words are used to describe this all-pervasive feature of the Almighty such as “He devours and develops all.” Another of his features is His ability to spread but never diminish in strength and power. When we try to spread, through multitasking and going overboard, we spread ourselves to thinly and become ineffective.

There is no comparison in the matter of putting side-by-side the soul and the Supersoul. We will always be infinitesimal. 

May the Source be with you!

4 km 


 

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Vaughan, Ontario

Tolerance

When a hurricane hits town it can do a lot of damage. Fiona stormed Canada’s east coast taking only one human life when the notorious wind and water swept through but she left devastation to roads, buildings and so much more infrastructure. Such are the freaks of nature.

Today I received a call from one of my Gita students from Florida saying, “The hurricane Ian is coming. Perhaps we should cancel the class?” Thereafter major flood water came in, another resident of Florida, a doctor friend, forwarded a pic of an alligator swimming its way into a house, making itself at home. An uninvited guest, I suppose.

Yes, nature is overwhelming at times. Meanwhile in my part of the world we are enjoying the change of color for the autumn leaves, harvest is yielding the best food, the mosquitoes have vanished and wild creatures boldly make their presence known. In the area of Vaughan, where I spent a good three hours at the home of Indresh, he claims eagles are in abundance as are wild turkeys, coyotes and deer. Hence mother nature poses both good and bad. Duality is a major feature of this wild, wild world. 

One of my all-time favorite verses from the Gita addresses the extremes of our domain. Verse 2.14 calls for tolerance in the face of dualities. It’s a good prescription.

May the Source be with you!

4 km