A Few Of Us
Loon Lake, British Columbia
A few of us leaders of Krishna Consciousness converged at Loon Lake located near Maple Ridge. It’s the venue for our AGM - Annual General Meeting for Canada. The place is pristine, near a mountain’s summit. Lodges, cabins, are made from the local logs. It’s totally rustic; a perfect setting for thought, review, inspiration and planning. Actually the place is a research centre for UBC, University of British Columbia.
Anubhava from Montreal and I, while waiting for others to turn up, got adventurous and helped ourselves to the short journey across the lake by way of a rope ferry. Then we explored a trail around the lake. We were disappointed to find no loons in the water. Wildlife seemed in slumber to the exception of a few chipmunks and bird. Cedars and pines are tall and erect. Anubhava and I were dwarfs as we trekked amidst ferns and other humble plants. A maintenance person informed us that snow comes in such quantities that boards are leaned against cabin windows otherwise the snow bursts through, breaking glass.
No bugs makes it pleasant. As always, the biggest pest is the mind. This thought, of the mind’s dictation, was expressed by myself in the documentary, “The Longest Road” released 10 years ago by the National Film Board. The film was a re-enactment of my first walk of ’96. I was recorded saying that while doing the long sojourn you may end up feeling very fatigued yet no pest is more pronounced than the mind. That’s why the chanting. That’s why you keep the best company with good support. That’s why you immerse yourself in the promising stories of “The Ramayan”, “The Mahabharat” and other Puranic tales of righteousness.
Also when in a terrific natural setting as Anubhava and I find ourselves in, it just makes for the best environment to believe in such Divine presence. We just felt really blessed.
I should also not fail to mention one of the accelerators in spiritual life – the prasad in the form of a hot soup, and butter on bread with roasted sesame. The sun went down. The fireplace was lit. What more can you want?
May the Source be with you!