Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Monday, October 1st, 2012


Toronto, Ontario

I took an evening stretch of the legs, a vigorous stroll through the downtown. I met Mayur, a gem of a devotee, who was out there at the corner of Yonge and Bloor. It was 9:30 pm and he was there with a purpose. Totally self-motivated, he decided to be there on the street with books in hand. No one asked him to be there. He has a compulsion to show off his wares which to him are of great benefit to all.

I had spoken to Mayur three days before. He told of how he had done the same thing months ago - stood on the street to present his goods. But few were biting the bait.

Then he met a fellow who ran a club where they do kareoke. The fellow gave an invite to Mayur to sing some mantras at the club. Mayur was excited but he wanted to present something relevant, something the crowd could relate to. So he went to his computer and downloaded 'My Sweet Lord' by George Harrison. Mayur is pretty fresh out of India and he is not so accustomed to 'Western' songs. He listened to the lyrics and the melody and got it down as best as could be. His song was 'on' for that night.

Mayur was introduced to the stage. He sang that song with all his heart. It was a crowd pleaser. Mayur's own spirit was lifted because on that day he had a stroke of bad luck. Few people took interest in the treasure he had to offer but now his enthusiasm was regained. Naturally his conviction was being tested.

The books he carried then and now (tonight) were the same publication. He held in his hand the Bhagavad-gita As It Is by commentator A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Mayur is nuts about this book. When he saw me he bore an ecstatic smile that appeared to stretch from street-curb to street-curb. The book impacted his life so positively he just wants everyone to get in on it. Mayur has the right idea. The book is all about serving and sharing.

It's a sure way to go.

7 KM

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