Friday, April 8th, 2016
On and Off the Sidewalk
Someone got sick on the street. I did not see it in full action, just the after-effects. I had to, like others, tip-toe around the rejected contents of someone’s stomach. Actually, there were three pools of it, each coloured differently, all lying in the same vicinity on the sidewalk downtown. I figure it was three different people. It’s not the kind of stuff anybody wants to analyze. What I can say, though, it was somewhere in the pizzeria district, and I imagine that there was some hard beverage in the mix.
One good thing about the cold, as in
, is that
it paralyzes the stench. Canada
One chiropractic clinic along the way of my walk had a catchy phrase affixed to its window. It reads, “The six most dangerous words – I thought it would go away.”
How true this phrase is about so many things. We live in a circle of denial. The ego says, “No, I’m not old” even when I am. “Yes, I’m beautiful.” “Yes I’m good.” “No, my drinking isn’t so bad.” “Yes, I have a temper, but it doesn’t affect so many people, majorly.” And so on.
The phrase in that window had me thinking as I walked on.
“Hey, I like your garb!” shouted a fellow, who I assume had a few drinks. Sounds like he was partial to my robes. You see, it was night-time and I was finding that the urban energy had many interesting things to offer. When I returned back to the ashram, I read a verse from the Gita which was riveting in some ways. From Chapter 6, Verse 9:
“A person is considered still further advanced when he regards honest well-wishers, affectionate benefactors, the neutral mediators, the envious, friends and enemies, the pious and the sinners, all with an equal mind.”
I adore this statement by Sri Krishna. It discourages judgmentalism.
May the Source be with you!