Monday, March 20th, 2017
Daivata and I drove along Boundary Road and entered the precincts of Russell, a bedroom community to Ottawa, the nation’s capital. By the way, Canada is 150 years old this year. We passed by a fair-sized sign reading, “Russell Trails.”
Okay, this is a town that takes pride in walkways that take you through the ‘backwoods’, so to speak. Daivata and I were fixed on the objective—let’s explore.
And so we did. Relieved of our vehicle, we checked it out, the snow laden trail of tranquility that is edged by family homes on one side and farmer’s fields on the other. At a juncture of a gravel road, we ventured to the right on country dirt. There came a woman with her twenty-five year old stallion. He was being walked and I must say, I rarely meet pedestrian horses.
We gave him a good stroke of affection. I was realizing how very important it is for man to reach out to animal. History tells that they are inseparable in their service to each other. I could elaborate, but later.
Service is a common theme for today. It is Krishna Dulal who champions this. Within one year he opened a pre-school here, a restaurant (only vegetarian preps and prasadam served) and purchased a community centre—the old Registry Building, now in function. I was there to inaugurate the event with kirtan chanting and some words of appreciation to their community that’s taking bold steps.
We then feasted.
May the Source be with you!