Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Walking, Swimming - No!
Nothing to report about walking. Heat and humidity is very uninviting for the outdoors. Yes, even at night I thought, "Just for exercise-sake and then having a good sleep why not go to Key Biscayne Beach and swim until we tire out?" The brahmacari monks whom I suggested this to for a venture after our Sunday program, were very game to the idea.
But then Garga Muni, the local astrologer, mentioned that sharks appear in shallow water at dusk. We changed our minds on the concept. Then lo and behold we hear in the news that a 12 year old girl lost her arm, a result of a shark attack in a North Carolina beach. Within the hour, a teenage boy was mauled by a shark in the same area. May these young people be protected from further harm.
Although a different beach, it is still the same coastline. The two brahmacaris and I could have been victims. Fortunately for us, at that time, we were in the safe domain of a temple immersed in chatting and then chanting. Yes, the kirtan was bursting with energy and participants were soaked in salt water (their own), being engrossed in passionate dance.
Tamohara and I shared our devotional message to the community after the chant. Our thrust was one of gratitude to the stalwart followers. We announced our new steward to the temple. Our temple president now is a Venezuelan-born, 66 years old, sannyasi monk. He had gone through the process of marriage, raised three daughters and now as traditional procedure would have it, has taken steps to the renounced life. We wish him well with his new assignment.
May the Source be with you!