I had done a quota of minimal kilometres but now it was time to sit down. It was 6:10pm during the Sunday Open House at the
temple, and such is the customary time for a delivery of words from “The Gita”.
The crowds are not very big at this time and, like most temples that I’ve seen
in Burnaby Canada, the , and
practically all over the world, the volume of people goes on the rise closer to
feast time. US
In any event I sat down at the special asana referred to as the vyasasan, designated for the speaker. I sang the standard song of devotion “Jaya Radha Madhava”. Then I opened to the page in Bhagavad Gita, 7:13, and began to read the powerful words from the purport authored by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
“The whole world is enchanted by the three modes of material nature... Every living entity under the influence of material nature has a particular type of body and a particular type of psychological and biological activities accordingly... Although life is temporary and we do not know what we are going to be in the next life, by the spell of this illusory energy we consider ourselves in terms of this bodily conception of life, and we thus think that we are American, Indian, Russian, or brahmana, Hindu, Muslim, etc.”
On the basis of this message we were able to convey something that allowed people to listen, to process, and then it’s up to them- to act or not act- as all souls have their free will.
May the Source be with you!