Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Toronto, Ontario

Drain Your Blood

When it started to rain, we headed for the hills.  Not hills, really, it’s Toronto.  There are no hills.  We went for protection, is what I meant to say.

Surya—who hails from Siberia—and I, headed for the underground mall in the city.

Oh, yes, I’m reminded it’s Christmas.  I’m amazed how each year the décor changes, hence the “look” of holidays gets re-defined.  There is clearly one message, however. “Spend! Spend! Spend!”

Whether you have money or not, “Spend! Spend! Spend!”
Whether it clogs the traffic or not, “Spend! Spend! Spend!”
Whether it makes you happy or not, “Spend! Spend! Spend!”
Whether it snows or not, “Spend! Spend! Spend!”

Etc. etc.

“We are here to drain your blood!” the merchants say.

Sorry, I’m a cynic over what has become of the spiritual event, Christmas.

To lift my spirits, after Surya and I did the underground walk, I went to look for a verse from the Gita which comforts me.  In chapter ten, “Opulence of the Absolute” is listed.

 “Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, control of the senses, control of the mind, happiness and distress, birth, death, fear, fearlessness, non-violence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity, charity, fame and infamy—all these various qualities of the living being are created by Me alone.”

May the Source be with you!

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