Friday, November 13th, 2015
We took one last walk to wrap up our bonding venture
with fellow pedestrians – Vivasvan, Mandala, and Jake. Tre’von had already left for Hartford and Esa for
his home city, Philadelphia. Our group
of four took to a seven kilometre stint through the residential area of Rosedale before parting ways.
Surely a bond had developed between us over the last few
weeks of walking and it is such a bond that sustains us. In all reality, it is establishing
personalism that is so vital for our survival.
There were times on this recent trip where tension had flared between
two or more of us but our strong sense of needing to fixate ourselves on the
mission made it it possible to overcome any differences.
As we came to a park, we met Wayne Cherry, our neighbour and a noted artist. I’ve seen Wayne for
many years. He’s on his second dog now
who is 13 years old. I say this to
illustrate the point that I’ve seen Wayne for a long time. During my training time
at the ravines, I would see him when he would take his pet for a stroll. Being neighbourly is another aspect of
personalism. I’m always glad to see
Wayne who always expresses interest in my latest venture on foot.
“Impersonalism” is a common theme found in our guru’s books which he addresses when speaking about the Divine. Prabhupada
writes, “Long practice in impersonalism becomes a source of trouble.” He then correlates personalism to the joy of
life – to the bliss factor. That’s what everyone wants, to be happy.
May the Source be with you!