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Thursday, April 28 th , 2016

Thursday, April 28 th , 2016
Toronto, Ontario

Forces of Nature

Today’s hike was in a different ravine from yesterday’s. The creek, at its base, goes underground at one point beneath Mount Pleasant Cemetery. During my last venture here, and comparing it to today, I am clearly reminded that nature shifts big time, meaning the water within the creek desires to change course. It’s not as drastic as the erosion that I’ve seen by the Ganges water in India, but it’s noticeable enough.

This just reveals to me the forces of nature and how powerful they can be. Man’s attempt to check a deliberate whim of a tiny rivulet such as this one doesn’t always work. Fair sized boulders have been laid out to make the creek behave, and planted trees of various sorts have their roots planted trying to keep soil in place. But here again, it’s not going to be a cent percent job. I can’t help but refer to a line from the Gita where Krishna says,

daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā

(Material energy is very forceful. It is Divine, and it is an emanation from the Divine).

“Keep that in mind,” I have to convince myself. The winds of nature can change in any direction, and at any moment. Be fully aware of its ever altering ways. We also seem to swing from moments of joy to moments of melancholy and back again. That is the pattern set by the Creator, and there’s often times so little you can do about it. It’s almost futile, like trying to stop death itself.

May the Source be with you!

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