Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Phase to Phase
Sundari’s mom passed away a month ago and so she invited a small group of family and friends for a small memorial service. She and her dad, with origins from Trinidad, and the Hindu family had a clear idea what they wanted from Brhat and I, “Speaking about the soul’s journey and please do some kirtan”.
The circle of family and friends, we discovered, are from everywhere – the U.S., Bosnia, India, a few more places and even Halifax. Quoting from the Gita, I had selected a verse from Chapter 2 beginning with dehino ‘smin yatha dehe. “We are embodied first as a baby, then child, then youth, adult, elderly and finally a new form shapes as a baby again. “The lesson being that the soul perpetuates despite bodily change and therefore emotions need not be extreme.”
It is apparent that a grieving time is necessary. I could see that Sundari was happy at this state to have perhaps a closure to the event in the form of a message and a kirtan.
Kirtan also threw a group into a joyous state when after a four-hours-plus drive to Fredericton, Wade, Brhat and I made it to Mazerolle’s Gallery for a “Tales from Trails” happening. Kirtan is new, if not fresh, for these attendees. It’s not every day that you get to sing ancient mantras and physically move to the pulsating beat of a drum.
Just across the street at city hall locals were clad in lime-coloured T-shirts in anticipation for raising awareness on the dreaded Lyme disease which is prevalent enough in North America. Good for them! I like to think that kirtan raises awareness towards the disease of me-consciousness and how we must get beyond bodily identification. I am spirit that moves from one phase to the next hoping to one day get set free based on clean consciousness.
May the Source be with you!