Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Another monk made his way to the area for a short stint at Govardhan Farms. Bhakti Svarup Chaitanya Swami hails from Lithuania, where four country projects are underway. He spends time with Russian congregants, and audiences in Toronto and Montreal, every year. He is very amicable.
I asked him if he has the same vegetation as we do in Canada—for instance, the maple tree. When Nick was twenty feet up in the air, sawing dead limbs off a blue spruce—after quite a climb—Bhakti Svarup Chaitanya Swami mentioned that Lithuania has similar needle trees, and also some type of maple.
We all admired Nick’s contribution to tidy up the farm. The eaves trough has yet to be tackled. It’s full of plant growth. It seems that every channel that exists, when not cleared, needs unblocking. Even our personal body, referred to as “the city of nine gates” in the sacred text Bhagavad-gita—two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, the anus and genitals—requires a thorough cleanse when we rise in the morning. Such is the way of a yogi.
One more thing that was cleared up was the confirmation of the date for our presentation, “Tales from Trails.” Skye, our landlady, took me to the nearby Civic Centre where we will speak to the local folks on September 20th at 7:30 pm.
On the lower level of the building, we came upon a group of contented ladies knitting away. They gave the semblance of yogis in meditation—peaceful and serene.
May the Source be with you!