Thursday, May 26th, 2016
People on the Way
It is Route #6 that becomes the trail for the day. To join me, is Uttamananda from Bangladesh, who lived in our ashram in Toronto for five years. He's with our little party as an assistant. He became a walking companion for the day, from Avon Lake to Vermillion, a distance of 20 miles. Not bad for a first day.
Who did we meet along the way?
First of all, we met the lake, the big one, Lake Erie, several times. It has a square mileage of (I asked Google and it answered) 25,744 square kilometres.
When we gained access to it, it became a resting spot, especially at the end of the trek, when we took a dive and swim at Vermillion.
We met people as well, among them pedestrians and motorists. Our motorist who gave directions also gave a spankin' new hundred dollar bill - a donation. We didn't ask, he just let his heart speak.
A woman offered to take us to our destination. I told her, "We're going to San Francisco." She blushed, but also gave some fruit- as she had just bought groceries.
In Lorain, the town, we met a pedestrian with her small dog. She is a puritan Catholic who loves hearing and reciting the old mass in Latin. She declared a damnation on the all-pervading drug culture but she was keenly curious about Krishna Consciousness.
"I want to be educated," she said.
She was happy to know we denounce intoxication but don't condemn those who try to kick the habit. On our list of interactions was also a young man pushing his young daughter in a baby stroller.
"I'm an atheist but I respect what others believe in. My mother-in-law, who's Christian says I'm going to hell for my conviction."
It sounds like he's living with the issue. Tolerance is one of the greatest virtues.
May the Source be with you!