Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Ruchi Group in Town
The Nama Ruchi group is in town. World travelers, they are. Four of their members were kind enough to honour my request from last year. We are looking at a foursome—young, healthy, strong, enthusiastic monks whose mandate is to give a taste (ruchi) of the name (Krishna’s).
The timing is perfect for their arrival to the city, because we are in the midst of the TIFF, The Toronto International Film Festival. To my understanding, the public is drawn to venues of new film releases. Secondly, many renowned and upcoming actors make their appearances. The Nama Ruchi group and some local devotees, including my humble self, drove to hip Kensington Market, and from there, on foot, processioned our way through the entertainment district on King Street and its adjoining roads.
People were lined up like crazy at the film venues, down and around the block. They were anticipating to see “the stars.” As we chanted along these queues, I witnessed some glum-to-grave looking faces light up at the sight and sound of us; the sound being sweet and melodic with a reggae kick.
I really felt like saying to some of these fans, “You came to see the stars, but you may be barking up the wrong tree. The stars are in the sky and they are accompanied by a fairly full moon. Your high rises are blocking out reality.” In any event, the public came to be entertained and perhaps we could be considered the opening act.
May the Source be with you!