Thursday, 28 April 2016

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Edmonton, Alberta

A Day for Chapattis

Bala, Anish, Venkat, and I took to the White Mud Park trail. When I entered, I knew I had been here before, a giveaway was those familiar chickadees that flit through the spruces and hang around even in the winter. Like any other creature in the woods, they try to cash-in on a good meal.

Those cute feathered objects, creatures of the Prime Entity, Krishna, were out on their version of a scavenger hunt. You can play along with the game, just provide some bird edibles and hold them in the palm of your hand. We tried small stones and placed them in that palm suspended in the air. One feathered fellow used my hand as the landing base, inspected the goods, but was not interested. He flew off.

Fortunately, Anish brought a bag of broken off chapattis, some raw rice, and millet, thinking that some of the animals out in the forest would be interested, animals such as squirrels and birds. We found that we didn’t score well with rice, nor the millet. The chapatti material, which is prasad (consecrated food) broken into small bits did attract the chickadees. Their able pointed beak would grasp them with ease. They would take off to a nearby branch, perch there, and gobble up the flatbread crumbles.

The little guys were very happy.

Bala, in particular, worked really hard that day in the food department, especially in its preparation. By evening time he had cooked up a large batch of chole, chickpeas in sauce, rice, halava, chapattis (this time not crumbled up). A salad was also added, all prepared for the group at the event, Spirit Matters.

Yes, we all indulged in food and in mantra. In many ways we were like the chickadees.

May the Source be with you!

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