One But Many
The teacher wanted to know if we believed in monotheism, “Is there one God?” asked the instructor from Saint Mary’s Secondary School. She was standing there with curious anticipation in the center of our temple room with 2 co-instructors and about 30 grade 11 students.
“The short of it is,” I explained, “We have a word for God – Yogeshwara, which means he is the supreme mystic. Being mystical, “He is One but many simultaneously… “
I was given 30 minutes to do my presentation. Their school bus arrived late due to traffic (another good reason to forsake cars for using your feet).
“Doesn’t the old testament speak of God as a burning bush? There is no limit to God’s limitless manifestations,” I pointed out.
The students had the fortune to be interactive. They all chanted mantras at my lead, then threw flower petals at the icon of our guru, Srila Prabhupada. This was followed by Darshan, the viewing of our Krishna deities. “The most prominent feature to our culture, however, is the mantra meditation.” So I engaged the students in singing that best of mantras, “Hare Krishna.” They did so with relish. Their volunteered dance steps was a bonus for them.
Time zipped by. 30 minutes became 30 seconds. The teachers noted that as well. “Time flies when you’re having a good time.” I would take that a step further, when you enter a sacred space, it surely becomes like entering into a timeless zone. You are in an eternal atmosphere.
You can feel it.