“On this day, Remembrance Day, men and women whose lives were sacrificed in recent wars are honoured for their service.” After these opening remarks at our ISKCON Canada AGM, I also included mention of one of our own veterans, if you will, an ISKCON pioneer for Latin America, Jagajivan, who passed away this week from heart failure. He was likeable, loveable, and a firm, stalwart man for our guru, Srila Prabhupada, and his mission. He surely will be missed.
Eventually, we all will be missing after making that exit from this body. The solid truth of life is that we will be missed and we will miss those we leave, so don’t miss the chance for dharma. The Vedas say boldly, “Don’t miss this point!” as you are now a human, after travelling through successive lives to reach the opportunity for self-realization.
Let’s show what real humanity is by addressing, first, our obligation to ourselves.
While the process for self-realization is a human obligation, in our meetings of today, we brought to the table a presentation, by a Brampton devotee, on mental disorders, and how they impact an individual and a community that’s striving for normalcy—whatever that is. We all know that each and every one of us has some level of flaw within our chemical nature, even if we endeavour for spiritual perfection. Other topics were presented. For our group, this was cutting edge. It was a wholesome discussion.
After a day of talk and feedback, a walk was necessary. A full day of talk can challenge sanity. A few of us took to the country road as we heard the coyotes sing.
May the Source be with you!