The same small party of five who enjoyed the waters at Colakreek, yesterday, with perhaps the first ever kirtan waist-high in water, was the same group who today trailed by the zoo in Paramaribo.
Santosh, in particular, wanted Brihat and I to experience and get a feel for the jungle that eventually connects to the Amazon.
“Alright then, Santosh, just keep us out of the sun as much as possible, because we white boys can only take the sun in small doses. The shade. Keep us in the shade,” I urged.
So we ventured through some thickets. Mosquitoes are small here but voracious. Other than that, there was little to worry about. Always my biggest concern with forests is thorns, burrs, and things that tear and stick to clothing.
We put in an hour and a half along a trail through fairly tame jungle and then it was time for the zoo.
“Okay, guys, let’s check out what we all once were.” Meaning the bodies our souls most likely inhabited.
Jaguars and other wild cats of the region were on display. Of course, we had to dwell on the piranha, the fish in the tank, and have a look at their dentures. These guys are known to be an integral part of the Amazon.
An hour or so of animal gazing was enough. Our real concentration as monks of an old tradition is to focus on humans. And so part two of a Krishna Conscious talk to a larger group, today, had us dwell on verse 48 from Chapter 18 of the Gita: “Every endeavor is covered by some fault…”
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