Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Sunday, Feb.14/2016

Sunday, Feb.14/2016                      
Montreal, Quebec

Adwaita Valentine                  

Last Sunday it was below the average attendance at the Sunday Open House because of the Super Bowl on TV.  For some, the Super bowl becomes more important than “Haribol!”

This Sunday the attendance was a bit down due to the lower than average temperatures outside.  With the wind chill factor at 35 below Celsius, it became discouraging for some regulars.

Still, with about 150 guests I’m not complaining; I’m the person giving the presentation.  It was part slide-show, part-speaking about one of our luminaries in the lineage of bhakti, Adwaita by name.  The slide-show featured events and experiences along the walking way.  I was relaying to the crowd the touching moments of last autumn’s walk though New England, New York, and New Jersey.  Well received.

Since it was the birth anniversary of Adwaita, a contemporary of Sri Chaitanya, it was appropriate to speak about him.  He was largely responsible for invoking the presence of Chaitanya to the world by the power of his desire, his heart. 

It was rather an interesting observation, that in my earlier on reading of the book “Chaitanya Charitamrta” in a morning class, the word “heart” appeared multiple times.  Coincidental, you might say, as today is also Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
May the Source be with you!

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