Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
I trekked through Rosedale on this perfect day. Everyone is out, feeling the same way –
enthused. People in their convertibles
with the tops down are in ecstasy.
Runners hit every piece of pavement with hot feet, and then the cyclists
breeze by as if there was no stopping them.
Birds also enjoy a kind of freedom that only they know. As for other living entities, it’s a burst or
explosion of colour or smell. Signs of
While all seems fine within my purview, in another part
of the world, in earthquaked Nepal, people are undergoing an anguish of such
incredible magnitude, hard to conceive.
Death. Buildings crumbled. Piles of bodies. Homelessness.
Family members displaced. People
trapped under debris. Injuries. Lack of food and water. Disease.
Lack of sleep. Inability to
access or assist.
The world is praying for their release. Food supplies and human basics are attempting
to make their way to victims. There is
lots of confusion. Nothing is easy to
remedy or fix. It will take not days,
but months before everything normalizes.
This is tragic.
What a paradox – my world and the one just
described. As bhakti yogis, it is not out of line for us to chant mantras on behalf of victims of this
tragedy. We can’t be too insensitive and
say, “That’s their karma,” and leave
it at that. Let us not be so quick to
judge or to pass judgment in such situations.
The immediate response to any calamity requires speedy and helpful aid.
May the Source be with you!