Monday, 25 January 2021

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Queen’s Park, Toronto

 

Getting Around by Zoom

 

My first Zoom for today was with a new group from Windsor, Ontario headed by Kadambha Kanana, who resides there but is employed in Detroit. It is a nice group, or sangha, that gets together regularly. I was asked to speak on chapter 9 of The Gita, and concentrate on the term Mahatma. The definition according to The Gita is “one who is absorbed in spiritual energy, engaged in devotion, is active in glorification of the Great Spirit and is extremely focused in the practice of bhakti.”

 

A second Zoom involved discussions of fundraising for the ongoing renovations of the Toronto temple. The work continues.

 

Thirdly, we conducted a virtual samskara, or blessing, for a five-month-old child. Called annaprasana, it is the administering of the first grains for a child. Here’s how we executed this very touching ritual. Our local cook, Dwarkanath, whom I’ve brought to your attention several times, baked some excellent cakes. He offered them ceremoniously to Krishna, then passed them on to me. I ate one and arranged for a shipment of the remnants to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to the home of Kadambha Priya. His son goes by the name of Balarama. Daddy brought one cookie, mixed in with condensed milk and the kid just loved it. Devotees from Montreal and Winnipeg joined in. We all held a kirtan to my lead from Toronto. It was joyful — a joyful joyfulness.

 

My last Zoom for the day was with the local Oakville group where we observed the behavior of demonic tendencies from chapter 16 of The Gita. Very interesting! After all of that I went for a walk.

 

May the Source be with you!

4 km

 

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Friday, January 22nd, 2021

The Annex, Toronto

 

From the Window’s View

 

The corner of Avenue Road and Roxsborough is notorious for auto accidents. I was sitting at my usual corner, inside what we call Prabhupada’s quarters, when I heard a slam/bang sort of sound. I looked outside to what I perceived as the source of sound and sure enough two vehicles clashed. Sad! Damage was done. Both motorists appeared unharmed. Police came very fast and efficiently. Paramedics too, just to see if there was a need.

 

From my view, glancing through the third-floor arched window, I could see the incident/accident. A sigh of relief came my way knowing 1) that no one was hurt, and 2) this is a confirmation for me that walking beats driving. As I’ve mentioned before, “pedestrians don’t have head-on collisions.” It’s safer to be on foot.

 

From that same window I had a look to the south which reveals a row of homes, pedestrians, trees and skies. I can see clearly through the window pane the weather conditions and I can determine how many layers of clothing I should don for my daily walk. Some flurries came today. Not much. It’s an extraordinary winter, one that’s quite moderate, one that the polar bear is likely not happy with.

 

Of course, we’re talking about further north. Sad that they are on the list of endangered species. And while I was on the phone with a call from Vancouver, at that same corner of the room with the arched window, I was informed that in Africa the giraffe is now on the list. That’s also sad. Poachers are a big problem. Guns! One of man’s most destructive toys. Guns — on par with the automobile!

 

May the Source be with you!

4 km

 

I invite you to view our new film, Rolling the Dice:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF3legHdMgI




 

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Yorkville, Toronto

 

Walking Reflections

 

Esa had his cremation today in Philadelphia. Memorial events will take place in both Philly and Port Royal, more specifically Gita Nagari, a rural community in Pennsylvania.

 

Thats a state I really enjoyed walking through. Lots of farms, lots of hills. The Appalachians. The Amish. It was in 2015 in the autumn, so the colors were just stunning. Temperatures were just perfect — a bit on the cool side in the morning but that is ideal for walking. New England was pretty too.

 

In reflecting on the rest of the trek across the U.S. I recall the joy of walking along Lake Michigan. Nebraska was forever. Lake Erie was also special. We started swimming there in late May. Utah was memorable; the friendliest state. The rock formations are unforgettable. Nevada was dry. California orchards, I took advantage of. It was a great trek.

 

I do pray that socially and politically things improve in America. It is the mercy of God that a reasonable person, Biden, has now been inaugurated as President. The country has been very divided and now there’s a chance to bring about cohesion.

 

Political opinions are very strong amongst people. There are both strong supporters for both Biden and Trump in America and Canada. Such is the nature of the beast. You’ll never get everyone to agree on all issues. There is general agreement. We all like to sleep, eat, mate and quarrel.

 

To end the day, I bid farewell to all opinions for the next 24 hours and greet and welcome new opinions that evolve of a natural course. I took an evening stroll again and sat down at one point thinking things are somewhat settled in the White House, however, conflict will always be there.

 

May the Source be with you!

4 km

 

I invite you to view our new film, Rolling the Dice:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF3legHdMgI