Kasyap and I took to the trails in a North East suburb of
. The layout of the area was pleasant with well
landscaped hills, land depressions, and creeks.
The problem is that it’s all designed for the automobile. Too much distance to the market place makes
it impractical. Saskatoon
After the trek, Kasyap and family took me to a new vegetarian café called the Karma Conscious Café. The operators/owners are the Patawari brothers. They asked that I lead a chant. A drumming circle was arranged for backup. Clients as well as friends and family got involved. I was then asked to give a talk. I picked up their promotion card and stood there before the crowded enthusiasts carefully analyzing the branding words as I spoke.
“ ‘Karma’ means ‘activity’. You want to make sure that it’s positive activity. Then there’s good response, good karma. The food here is animal cruelty free, so that implies ‘good karma’ food. Then the word ‘conscious’ implies to be sensitive. Being that we are in human bodies, we have the opportunity to be sensitive to our essential needs. In essence, we are all spirits. We are not these bodies. This is something that humans can comprehend. A distinction between the machine and the mover. As humans, it is within our capacity to understand the separation. When we act on this basis then we demonstrate that we are alive and conscious.”
The words were well received. I asked the group if someone could Google the word ‘café’. That then would complete the definition of the term ‘Karma Conscious Café’. I asked the attendees if this was the only vegetarian restaurant in town. I also expressed to the owners if they would make the food prasadam, meaning offered. Some of the items bear onions and garlic, so that would be out of the question. Initially their baked goods had eggs, but I discouraged it and so they found a great egg replacer.
May the Source be with you!