Monday, May 18th, 2015
Are You Real?
It’s a Canadian holiday in honour of Queen Victoria. During her reign, this British colony became
a nation unto itself. Young men, in
particular, usually send off fireworks into the evening sky. It’s questionable how much sentiment behind
this is patriotic, but many people go out for the blast.
For Eklavya and I, the quiet of the day became opportune
for a walk, and my chance to show him choice trails. We were not the only folk that ventured along
Mud Creek, hundreds were out to see green, to capture May’s scent, and do what
the human body likes to do. The two of
us ambled along one ravine, and then embarked upon a second. We wanted to descend on one particular
stairs, but which was in disrepair, and hence, the city put a barrier at the
entrance. We were a trite
disappointed. We stood there.
Luckily, a neighbouring woman happened to be walking by,
and so I asked, “What’s happening? Can’t
we go down?” With a joyous demeanor, she
said, “Don’t worry, the neighbours laid out some tree stumps so you can leap
over the barrier. We want our kids to
have access and fun and not wait for the city to come and fix it.” We thanked her. We proceeded forwarded and went on in
conversation to do with future mission projects, and all the while observing
nature’s esthetics. Eka even took
advantage of the season’s wild mustards growing along the way, and filling his chaddar
(monk’s shawl) with the fragrant
and tasty greens. As monks we felt we
were doing monastic things such as taking to the simple art of walking,
immersed in spiritual topics while foraging a bit in the forest. We
thought ourselves to be ‘real’. And then we diverted to an earlier,
encounter we had in the morning, in our thoughts. As we had detrained
from a trip beginning
from Windsor, outside the train terminal a street beggar who had seen us
Eka and I, “Are you real monks? Cuz
they’re not,” pointing to the two Buddhist monks, indicating that they
panhandling. Perhaps he was envious
because their collections were doing good. Now, I’m not making judgment
monks, but what did come to our attention was a question, “Are you
genuine? Are you sincere? Are you doing from the heart?”
That was of value.
May the Source be with you!