The Park is the Best
Vijay and I had a fairly solid program together at the temple on
Retallick Street. He resides there on the top floor but rarely
has someone to share in the chanting and prayers in the morning. He is most often alone, but keeps devotional
sanity by hearing kirtans over the internet.
We both also took to the road, the
Trans-Canada Highway, for a stretch in
order to make it to our destination, Victoria Park. There Jahnavi, her three kids Adrian, Rose,
and Lily, as well as Vijay, Ramesh and I, gathered for doing that good old
grassroots activity – kirtan.
Incidentally, we sat on the grass in a circle fashion. We were not loud-- not ‘in your face’, so to speak-- but light in volume and somewhat sweet in flavour with voices and instruments. This type of an approach is an attractive set up. We positioned ourselves near the playground where families gathered and children do what they do so well. It didn’t take long before people gravitated to our circle, one-by-one, to join in. I believe that the attraction is in the sound, the formation, and the components to that circle. We were non-threatening and we provided a safe corner in the park where we did sit and chant. We stopped singing after a short while and then had an exchange with people. At least two people accepted copies of the Bhagavad Gita. To Matt, who received a copy, I said, “Here’s an ancient voice that we can all relate to. Enjoy it.”
May the Source be with you!