Funds Good/ Walking Poor
There is sometimes a misunderstanding that monks have little or nothing to do with money. This is a myth of course. Monks have dealt with funds and donations of all kinds to erect churches, temples, and to excavate holy places as long as the renounced order has been around.
Today I volunteered to raise funds for this year’s Ratha Yatra, an ancient festival with roots from Orissa, India. Appointments were set up for some of our laity and I to meet business people and medical professionals. This non-toxic, dance-and-chant friendly event which centers around Jaganath, Krishna’s wooden image, is a big attraction. People are willing to give for this magnanimous family festival.
The day was long especially since I was on flight overnight from Vancouver. The fund-raising started at 9:30 am and we didn’t finish until 11pm. Gifts of books and pictures of spiritual vedic themes were given as tokens of thanks for the collection total of $15,000. Not bad! Krishna’s mercy!
All was good. The only embarrassing thing is that I found little time to walk. I managed to squeeze in 3 Km for the entire day car-bound that I was.