Saturday, 30 May 2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

How You Know You’re Human

With young Devala, a mridanga drum teacher, we took to a trail’s walk.  With a few more monks, and one nun, we took to the corporate tourist and municipal area of the city, including, perhaps for the first time, Church Street, which is the established gay community.  Gradually, we are covering the downtown core in areas where people just haven’t seen Krishna monks for a while.  This second installment of walking was featured with drums and karatalas (hand cymbals), and our voices, of course. 

Back at home base in the evening, I was sitting in the main office when a smartly dressed young fellow walked into our building.  I greeted him.  We exchanged names.  I asked where he’s from and he answered that he’s from Bangladesh and identified himself as coming from a Muslim background.  We sat down and he admitted to coming for the first time.  He had loads of questions. 

I volunteered to say that Bangladesh was a part of India not so long ago.

“Oh yes,” he said, “It got its independence in ’71.”

We continued.  “At one time, that whole section of the globe practiced a Vedic culture.” 

He had never heard of the Vedas from India.  Then we jumped over into the topic of the supernatural.  He asked what is our take on ghosts?

“Disembodied beings, souls who are frustrated for not having a body through which to have sensory experience.  In fact, we are all travelling through bodies.  Our soul transmigrates, it sometimes becomes suspended.”

“As in purgatory?” he asked.

“Yes, as a ghost, or in a place like pitri-loka, or, purgatory.”  We went on and on.  He seemed fascinated with this explanation and more.  I introduced him to our visiting Lithuanian monk.  It was there that the newcomer had spent his last minutes at our ashram.  He then left with many thoughts on his mind.  Yes, there are many things to think about, and that’s what makes us human.

May the Source be with you!

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