Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Canada / U.S.

Toronto, Ontario

After a flight from Columbus to La Guardia, then a cab to the John F. Kennedy airport in New York catching a flight to Toronto and waiting in line at Canada customs. I was ready for my legs to hit the ground. Whew! The sun shone. Great! I asked my pick up person, Devadatta to drop me off for a break from machines so eastward bound I go on St. Claire Avenue.

A road construction crew was busy at re-enforcing the street car rail lines. The city has several street car lines especially running east-west. As a toddler our guru, Srila Prabhupada., living in Kolkata and looking at the tram car system got the idea to stand on the tram rail line, hold a stick that would reach up to the perambulator power line and then be able to move him just like the street car. So it is recorded in his biography. It gave me a laugh.

There is a marked difference between the two countries, Canada and the U.S. The U.S., a determined free way shopper culture leaves Canada lagging a bit behind in this area. Canada is a preserved multi-cultural experience whereas the U.S. is more of a national melting pot. The U.S. is louder and says what’s on it’s mind where as Canada is a bit more reserved and conservative. These are just obvious observations.

Deep down inside we are all spirits. To our detriment we rubber-stamp our souls as American, Canadian, Hindhu, Christian, man, woman, etc. But we are none of these identities, we are spirits!

10 KM

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