Saturday, 17 December 2016

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta

Be Agile
Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, encouraged us to be good all-rounders—meaning he liked his students to show expertise in various areas.  He encouraged leadership by way of being familiar with all avenues of devotional life.  What comes to mind is being frugal and careful in financial dealings, having some know-how in archana (rituals), being well-read and learned, giving a good class, training others in devotional sciences, learning the art of Vedic cuisine, caring for others, and sharing—in any innovative way—the Krishna Conscious lifestyle.

In general, it’s good to have variegated skills.  Alberta could perhaps learn a lesson on diversification.  The province has become too dependent on the drilling of oil; thus, when oil prices plunge, it hurts the economy, which is the case here.

For a second day, Sanatan and I visited “Meadows Community Centre” to walk the track.  The place is huge and I was wondering, with such enormity, couldn’t the province build large vegetable greenhouses for food?  We work for food.  Why not employ today’s technology for doing things locally and organically?  It crossed my mind that we should do things differently.  Let’s have a sincere look at welcoming adjustment.

In this regard, I chose a verse from the Bhagavatam which highlights the theme of adjustment.  In 1:9:9, this point about agility is addressed so well.  It was this message of bending for time, place, and circumstance that I shared with Jonathon (now Jaga Jivan) and Richa (now Rati Keli) who received diksha (initiation) this evening.  Jaya!

May the Source be with you!

6 km

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