Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

Good Friend!

Daivata came to join me.  He is in a unique position in the world, as someone who trains oxen.  I would think it’s becoming a dying art, especially in the developed world.  Isn't it true that the nations of the west depend heavily on technology and sophisticated machinery for getting things done?

I admire Daivata for the years he’s spent at our guru’s first eco-friendly village in West Virginia. And also that he fully involved himself in the goshala, a cow/bull sanctuary, in West Bengal, India, this last winter.

I also value his friendship.  In spiritual life, keeping peers is a key factor in developing the finer qualities in a person. Not only in spiritual circles, but on every level, how is it possible to get by in this world, without social interaction in the form of friendships?

Daivata and I were somewhat intimidated by persistent rains.  The family of wild turkeys didn't seem to be shy of the wetness.  The front yard of the farm where I have been staying, became their playground.  They certainly arrived on cue on Thanksgiving Day weekend (the Canadian date), but in the format they should—wild and free—as supposed to being on a platter for dinner.

When the clouds cleared, Daivata and I took to our freedom also, but out back on an old railroad track, then in a ravine where a creek could be seen, as we carried on with a great chat, until it was time to depart for the night venue.  We had our own version of a Saturday Night’s Fever—chant, dance, talk and eat. We build on friendships.

May the Source be with you!

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