Where there is no clear sidewalk, the earth seems crispy and crusty. Thin brittle ice patches release a sweet sounding crackle under the feet. With wind-chill, the temperature is -22 C. The air is dry and clean. Thank God for all of this. It was at the end of the day that I had this opportunity to shake hands with the good side of nature.
I had been in these two perceivable competitive cities, Edmonton and Calgary, both barons of the oil industry. In fact, this whole province is laden with a beautiful snow whiteness. Underneath, it’s another world, a crude oil blackness.
I had delivered one message to the 2 communities. I spoke from the Gita explaining when the five basic subjects practically work in concert with each other, you’ve got a perfect scenario. When the jiva (soul) looks up to the ishvara (master soul) and executes actions (karma) in a timely (kala) way through the medium of prakrati (nature’s energy) then freedom can be achieved. This is the actual philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. When you channel all your resources in service to Him, perfection is accomplished.
This message of harmony sat well with the two communities, in both Edmonton and Calgary, to the point where after sitting, literally, they were ready to leap up and they did, to dance for Krishna. In both centres there were requests for me to come again really soon. They say that not enough swamis come around. I expressed that I would do my part to change that and to welcome other teachers of bhakti yoga to their domain.
The day was full with the meeting and talking to people. As every day, I find the need for down time. As much as it is enlivening to mingle with people, there’s also a want to balance by contacting the elements with a walk and a chant.