Monday, June 13th, 2016
Dunes at Lake Michigan, Indiana
Walk, Don’t Run!
There were an array of trails I did sojourn-- on the lakeshore of Michigan City, along dunes of some magnitude, then along the Calumet Trail, populated by puddles, and finally a stretch alongside Highway 12.
However, ZIP! Off we go to South Bend, back to Notre Dame University to meet Father Jim Bracke. Our discussion was both light and grave. I asked him about Martin Luther, the defected priest.
“That the Ecumenical Council II addressed this and admitted mistakes were made.”
I also asked him about the letter of the law, or going literal on scriptures but not on the spirit. He confirmed that the spirit was more important.
I was also happy to hear that a men’s movement, of sorts, had arisen among the Catholics, concerning men taking more responsibility.
He had seen our style of beads (japa) before. I was not there to preach, of course. What was our team to tell him? We were there to share, and in that light we offered him a copy of “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.”
Now on my way to a massage appointment in Chicago, a woman at an intersection where I had crossed stopped her car and asked,
“Hey, honey, do me a favour. Give me $2.50”
I could not share, because I hadn’t anything on me.
“You see, I’m a monk. I have nothing on me!”
“Really?” She drove off.
Now Tony, who’s 62, did a good massage. Once in a while he comes around to the Hare Krishna Temple to wash pots. When clients ask him about the best work-out, he shares a few things as follows:
1) Walk, don’t run!
2) Clean the house!
3) Do some gardening!
4) Eat veggies and greens
He was elated to work on my cross-country body.
“Ankle bones are perfect. That’s rare!”
And lastly, he remarked, “Your bones are dense, strong. That’s because you’re walking.”
May the Source be with you!