Monday, 2 December 2019

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Edmonton, Alberta

People Like the Stories

Spiritual seekers at Southminster Steinhauer United Church (my venue) were my audience for a talk on "Tails from Trails".  That was last night.  The congregants who came were really sweet.  I think they found the life of a mendicant walking across Canada very interesting—everything from the practical aspects of trekking day to day, without stoppage, to the theology I've adopted, which drove me on with a passion.  Mantra meditation followed the talk, with a slew of questions.  

Tonight a program of the same sort was held at Grand Cafe on 108 Avenue.  Fadi, a Lebanese man, owns and operates the CafĂ©—an amazing good-hearted guy.  The place filled up with attendees occupying the whole space.  So, I told of my tales, some new ones and some repeated from the venue yesterday.  They were stories of kindness along the road, of life-threatening occurrences, of sex propositions, of pain and of glory, all sourced from the memories of my U.S. walk and the four executed across Canada, Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. 

I met people there who have given up their cars in favour of walking.  That's progressive.  My kind of people.  I hinted at messages from the Gita, and I dedicated my talks, in both locations, to George Harrison, who died of lung cancer eighteen years ago, and how he inspired me to the Krishna thing and to eventually becoming a monk. 

I also mentioned that George's son, Dhani, had a best friend known as Benjamin Barnes, and how he, Benji, graciously, was my main support person on my second Canada walk in 2003.  Thank you to him.

May the Source be with you!
7 km

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Edmonton, Alberta

George Harrison Wrote

George Harrison passed away eighteen years ago.  He was not only a great musician but a good human being.  He attracted thousands of people to the lifestyle of bhakti/devotion, through his music.  He once wrote:

Everybody is looking for Krishna.  Some don't realize that they are, but they are.  Krishna is God, the Source of all that exists, the Cause of all that is, was, or ever will be.  As God is unlimited, He has many names.  Allah-Buddha-Jehovah-Rama.  All are Krishna, all are One. 

God is not abstract; he has both the impersonal and the personal aspects to His personality, which is Supreme, Eternal, Blissful and full of knowledge.  As a single drop of water has the same qualities as an ocean of water, so has our consciousness the qualities of God's consciousness...but through our identification and attachment with material energy (physical body, sense pleasures, material possessions, ego etc.) our true transcendental consciousness has been polluted, and like a dirty mirror it is unable to reflect a pure image. 

With many lives our association with the temporary has grown.  This impermanent body, a bag of bones and flesh, is mistaken for our true self, and we have accepted this temporary condition to be final.  Through all ages great saints have remained as living proof that this non-temporary, permanent state of God consciousness can be revived in all living souls.  Each soul is potentially divine.

Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Steady in the self, being freed from all material contamination, the yogi achieves the highest perfectional stage of happiness in touch with the Supreme Consciousness." (4.28)

Yoga (a scientific method for God [Self] realization is the process by which we purify our consciousness, stop further pollution, and arrive at the state of perfection, full knowledge, full bliss.

If there's a God, I want to see Him.  It’s pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna Consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception.  You can actually see God and hear Him, play with Him.  It might sound crazy, but He is actually there, actually with you.

There are many yogic paths—raja, jnana, hatha, kriya, karma, bhakti—which are all acclaimed by the masters of each method.

Swami Bhaktivedanta is as his title says, a bhakti yogi, following the path of devotion.  By serving God through each thought, word and deed, and by the chanting of His holy names, the devotee quickly develops God consciousness.  By chanting
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
one inevitably arrives at Krishna Consciousness.  (The proof of the pudding is in the eating!)
I request that you take advantage of this book KRISHNA and enter into its understanding.  I also request that you make an appointment to meet your God now, through the self-liberating process of yoga (union) and Give Peace A Chance.

All You Need Is Love (Krishna) Hari Bol
George Harrison

May the Source be with you!
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Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

A Gale: Before and After

The decorated Christmas tree came crashing down.  A metal barrier at a construction site also collapsed to a horizontal position and lay there.  Clear plastic bags flitted in the air, here—there.  It was surreal and it was happening within a certain solitude.  A strong gale whipped through the downtown where I was walking.  It was 3:30 a.m.

I needed that walk.  It has been a sleepless night.  The hike through the gale inserted energy while I held onto my dhoti (lower garment). 

I entered the Krishna temple/ashram, only to find peace and a form of stillness.  Dakshin, an early-rising monk, sat there in his japa meditation.  And then the day went by, with my moving about and up to various tasks.  Some talking.  Some mopping.  Some encouraging.  Some eating.  Some napping (to catch up on some sleep).

Govinda's Dining Room (inside the temple) was hopping.  People came for the tranquil meal.  A Bengali family came in with their friends and fairly newborn.  She received her first grains.  The room became more boisterous in a pleasant way.

Now it was time to walk the same route as earlier.  It was 6:30 p.m., and also dark.  The Christmas tree was put up erect again (Yorkville).  The metal barrier also was hoisted up (Yonge).  And the clear plastic bags seemed to have made a landing somewhere.  (Bloor).

I come back home to the ashram to get my luggage in order.  I'm leaving for Edmonton tomorrow.  We'll so some "Tales from Trails" there.  I will explain the reason we walk and how the optics can reveal both movement and stillness.

May the Source be with you!
6 km