Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
The Guy on the Parkway
Bharat, a lively member from the Potomac Vaishnav community, drove a group of us to the Gala event at the Capital Hilton, when the passengers asked about some of my walking experiences. So I obliged.
Nearing the end of one of the selected adventures, I said something for them to think about.“When one walks, you are more inclined to be God-centered. That holds true more-so than for those in a car. An automobile can make you cold and callous, like the machine itself.”
Just as I made the statement, we noted a fellow, likely homeless, walking along the parkway we were on. I rolled down the window and got the fellow’s attention. “Hey, you’re a hero for walking.”
His response was, “I’m walking after just having a triple bypass.” With that, he pulled down his T shirt, as much as it would go from the neck, to reveal the medical marks.
“We think it’s great you’re on foot,” I reiterated.
“The good Lord is allowing me to do it,” he shouted back, in appreciation for the divine benefit he’s received.
In any event, I made the point about the connection between walking and spirituality, and right on cue, an affirmation came about. The passengers and Bharat were questioning, “How could this be so?” Something was magical in all of this.
The event at the Hilton was a milestone. To commemorate ISKCON’s fifty years is remarkable. Many speakers, including Congresswoman Tulasi Gabbard, honoured the achievements of ISKCON’s noble work. She even picked up a ukelele and led all folks present in the chanting of Hare Krishna.
May the Source be with you!