Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Cremation Within Creation
Rush we did, in our monk van, to Kitchener, for a funeral and cremation. Brihat was our driver, and on board was Nick, Gordon, Keith and myself. Gangotri, an 86 year-old, caring kind of devotee, was the deceased person we attempted to revere and respect in the best way possible, in a send-off to a new realm.
To put it in more simple terms, those of us family and friends participated in the last rites for Gangotri’s soul’s journey to a better place. The event went smoothly. As usual, soft chanting is what truly makes the program—any program—sweet. It created an atmosphere of comfort, and kept feelings of separation subdued. The Pillay family was pleased.
As a monk who has a considerably large base of congregations across Canada, participation in events including last rites, weddings, birthdays and samskaras (purificatory rites of passage) is a willing obligation to fulfill.
Bear in mind that there should also be time set aside for some trekking. Along with the boys, after the cremation and a meal, we ventured off to a trail along the Grand River near Conestoga College. What a change of terrain this area is, compared to the north, where I was one week ago. Here, it’s a softer wilderness where apparently native folks, at least the Mohawk, flourished in the 1800’s. They had the river—which was the source of all their needs—food, travel, water, etc. The Creator looked kindly upon them.
May the Source be with you!