Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
The Force Behind
My primary school teacher used to say “kids” refers to baby goats, so I’ll refrain from the use of the word. Children are back to school and in many cases, adults are back to work after the summer holidays.
There is a change of sorts in the atmosphere. Nights are slightly cooler—a relief—but days continue to offer a warmth Canadians don’t mind.
Our program, like dharma, doesn’t change. We’re up early. That’s what all of us should do. Then we take to a trail (the Trans Canada Trail in this case) and head for the farm for some sadhana (spiritual workout) and then something physical.
A sign on the trail reads “Watch for…” and below it are images of a frog, a turtle and a snake. When on foot, there’s no real problem. On bicycle, then it’s another issue due to speed.
This imagery brings to mind the verse from the Gita: 5:18, where Krishna lists categories of creatures—certain mammals and certain humans, namely the cow, elephant, dog, brahman and a dog-eating man. The message is that all are one, being spiritually equal.
The sign before us may also reflect that all creatures are important. All have life force so let’s take care. Let’s share this vision.
While walking to the farm on this trail, I noticed a perished bat. He was not on the list but is nonetheless an entity with a progressive force; a force that moved on to another body.
Whenever I see something alive, or something lying deceased, it stirs reflection.
May the Source be with you!