A Will and a Prayer
I had just arrived in
and it was at the airport that I had my first meaningful exchange with anyone,
and that was after I climbed into Daruka’s car.
A man at the pickup area approached us at the side of the car after I
shut the door. In an urgent state this
man indicated that he wanted to say something before Daruka pressed on the gas
pedal. I opened the door. Winnipeg
“I believe in the power of prayer. Can you say a prayer for my 34 year old son undergoing surgery today?” he asked, although I’m a total stranger. I asked the man for his son’s name and his condition in order to make that personal appeal to
to honour the patient for his ultimate welfare.
Daruka, being my support person on 1 ½ times across
, is the
perfect guy to take a stroll with and catch up on pedestrian memories. We were passionate about getting soft and
near to muddy trails along the Canada Assiniboine
River that runs through the city of . With his blue front Amazon pet parrot perched
on his shoulder, and I being the monk attired person that I am, we apparently
excited a young guy by the name of Will who was in some way doing what we were
– seeking some tranquility by the river and catching a view of the odd log or goose adrift. Winnipeg
Will spontaneously blurted out in amazement, “This is meant to be!” Free spirit that he is, he was standing there shirtless and revealing an array of tattoos, including an ‘
OM’ insignia on his torso. He expressed, “We are all one.” I didn’t disagree with the ecstatic young
man, but I ventured to say, “Sri Chaitanya was a great teacher, who explained,
‘All is one and different’.” I also
expressed that in Sanskrit, and he tried to follow me with the proper
pronunciation, and he did so with 95% success.
We chatted on. We then parted,
but before doing so, we exchanged hugs, and Billie the parrot offered a bow of his head.
Will carried on the path and left us with saying, “Where there’s a Will, there’s a will.”
May the Source to be with you!