Do it Right!
Rohita came in from Vancouver, and I was there to greet him at the airport. Due to the interesting weather conditions, we decided not to take a ride offered by someone who would have had to deal with the drudgery of snow and traffic that was slow. We chose the train to the city. After arriving at Union Station and getting onto the subway, it then meant trudging through crowds and then holy snow itself.
It seemed like we were wheeling luggage forever. Blessed we were to have the workout it became. Dragging luggage makes the short trek appear three times as long.
This, of course, is like karma, a burden that must be carried, and when handled correctly, it is called doing the noble task of dharma. Now karma means action and when action is executed according to rules, we call that dharma.
Rohita and I passed a popular bar where the window is enormous to attract the public. A huge screen inside the bar revealed a hockey game in action. As everyone knows, most Canadians are suckers for the game, so onlooking enthusiasts were huddled near the screen in quite the meditative way.
I thought, “For the guys on ice who play the game correctly, and according to the rules, then that’s dharma. If you are involved in foul play, then you might be penalized and even lose credentials and popularity, if you do it frequently.”
So for all that we do, let’s do it right.
“Are you okay?” I asked Rohita as he stumbled—but less than I with my luggage—through the snow not yet shoveled. We were just two monks enjoying a challenge for several blocks. We took up a minor austerity as our dharma.
May the Source be with you!