Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
People in the Park
We had a lovely lunch in Cabbage Town at the home of pujaris (priests). Rupa and Sanatan Goswamis are the proprietors
at their haven of a home. It is walkable
from our ashram. It’s 18 degrees Celsius, it’s sunny –
yes! And so, to and fro, I took to my
feet, or rather, they took me.
To reach Cabbage Town, you go through an interesting
neighbourhood. Once a heavy drinking
area, the now quiet colonial buildings are attracting young professionals. Down Parliament Street you’ll find antique
shops and more of the regular convenience and grocery stores, and even one
block of Tamil shops which cater to the Sri Lankan community.
I passed by a bus stop cubicle and two obvious alcoholics
who sat inside, upon seeing me, got really excited.
“Heeeyyy!” Both simultaneously shouted out the one
syllable perfectly, and they were loud.
Heads turned to see what was up.
They got the thrill of their day.
Nothing related to this mild incident, but minutes later,
two young women were walking and conversing, and as they passed by, I heard one
say to the other, “What goes around comes around.” Whenever I hear this phrase I clearly see it
as an accepted phenomenon. The
endorsement of transmigration of the soul, or reincarnation. And as I think about this concept, I look at
the different people I pass by. Some
look rather disheveled and bent over, and some walk upright, dressed with
confidence. We all have our own
individual destinies. Our souls all
travel with different karma behind
After the great lunch and my return to the ashram, I walked through the park, it is
directly north of our ashram. It’s newly renovated and on the inscription
along the sidewalk there reads an excerpt from a poem by J. McPherson. She was a well known Canadian poet that lived
in our neighbourhood. Right close to the
maple tree planted in honour of our guru,
Srila Prabhupada, reads this stanza:
The world was first
a private park
Until the angel
Scattered afar to
wests and easts
The lovers and the
May the Source be with you!