A Meaningful Meet
Rahul and Gunjan, along with their two daughters, are a new family who are getting more serious about higher consciousness. They have made a positive commitment to chant the maha-mantra with the aid of their meditation beads, negate food consumption of non-veg, and embrace the good company of bhakti-yoga practitioners. They’ve made these transitions all for self-improvement.
“They, along with our group, do go out and have a game of baseball,” said their mentor, Rajasuya.
I don’t see that as a problem, I thought. Outdoor pastimes like that are very complementary to devotional activities.
Rahul and Gunjan had invited friends, along with myself and young monk, Santosh, to their home for the real indoor dynamic—a prasadam meal.
“For a change from Indian fare, there is Italian extravaganza.” Raja had indicated. I believe he suggested the menu. When bellies bulged, we went for living-room kirtan chanting—in which Hiten indulged, lovingly, on the mrdunga drum—followed by a distribution to the families, of the latest issue of the “Padayatra” newsletter, a glossy periodical which highlights world-wide activities on the philosophy of foot travel with a spiritual intent.
A picture of myself, walking though Pennsylvania landscape, made it to the front cover with the caption, “The legs were made for walking and the mouth for speaking about the Absolute. What a perfect combination.” Quote from The Walking Monk. I also read some excerpts from the publication.
Upon returning from the Brampton house event, I took to one of Toronto’s ravines for trekking, in order to not be a hypocrite and also to address belly bulge. It was just me and the squirrels. They were their usual squirrelly selves, rustling through the fall leaves and tarzaning the trees.
I stuck to my trail.
May the Source be with you!