Saturday, 30 May 2015

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

The Fruit of Your Endeavour

The discussion of today based on the story of Subhari Muni was interesting.  Lead by Bhakti Swarup Chaitanya Swami, a visiting monk from Lithuania, our discussion detailed the plight of the muni, who meditated while submerged in water.  Right in front of him, two fish started mating, and this agitated the yogi to the point where he left the water and gave up his vows.  It sounded like he had a weak mind.

The story did remind me of a W.C. Fields response when someone asked him if he would like a glass of water.  He refused the offer, saying that he doesn’t take water because fish copulate in it.  This I relayed to the group in our discussion, they had a good laugh. 

The morning passed. 

We then all planned for the afternoon, a chanting party at Kensington Market, a sort of bohemian neighbourhood with rather receptive people.  Cafes, health shop, vintage clothing stores such as The Eye of Shiva, make this region attractive.  A djembe player was pounding away on the street.  He looked as if he could use some musical accompaniment.  He actually looked rather sad.  Our giving him support worked in mutual terms.  You could now feel his heart leap in joy.  A couple had joined him, friends I guess, and then they showed up along with three other graffiti artist friends, at our temple’s Tuesday Night Sangha.  They sat, listened to the Lithuanian monk, and ate. 

It is so much a fulfilling feeling when the fruits of your effort become manifest.  To see someone coming to make even a tiny endeavour to make spiritual progress is most heartwarming.  From laughter to mental peace, Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, became a day of absolute beauty.

May the Source be with you!

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