Friday, October 7th, 2016
Mathieu was kind, as he always is. From the trunk of his car, he pulled out a plank long enough to knock off the sole apple from the tree—an apple which was unreachable otherwise. It fell and rolled right to my feet. “Good aim, Mathieu!”
The apple was a great morning gift; a breakfast on top of that. Krishna knows I grew up in a fruit-belt area (in southern Ontario), and it was our habit, along with siblings, to yank from a branch of any tree that which would give something delicious.
Mathieu then drove off and left me the gift of a trail to walk, and to find my way back to the farm. From the farm, Maxance drove me to Russell, where a new Vaishnava school has developed. There are nine young students in the Montessori-run school. I led them in a chant and it turned into an aerobics-kirtan.
We had a blast!
Vrajabhumi is the prime teacher. I chatted with her and her husband, Krishna Dulal—the brainchild behind the project—after our chanting session. We spoke of schooling and how the system that Krishna Himself had gone though, in his growing years, was a hands-on method; a method of learning by using your senses and sensitivities on many levels.
Back at the farm, we conducted a sanga, a spiritual gathering which drew some families to chanting, food and discussion. The topic of discussion was based on chapter 13, verse 16, from the Bhagavad-gita.
“The Supreme Truth exists both internally and externally, in the moving and non-moving. He is beyond the power of the material senses to see or to know. Although far, far away, He is also near to all.”
May the Source be with you!