Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Train Ride

It was a really pleasant train ride.  I got caught up on sleep.  At the Cornwall stop, heading for Montreal, Joe Karwat came to sit next to me.  Bearded, polite (he referred to me as “sir” each time he would say something) and a good conversationalist, he mentioned he met Krishna monks on the street about ten years ago.

“They gave me a cookie.”

“How was it?”

“I haven’t eaten it yet.”

“Really?  All this time you’ve been keeping the cookie?” I asked.  At this point I knew he couldn’t be put in the Cookie Monster category.  Oh well.  He was nice.

Shortly after arriving at the central train station, myself and a group of members from the Krishna community made it to the underground subway station at Concordia for kirtan.  The kirtan was lively.  Thousands upon thousands of passersby—commuters—heard our sound, and many nodded in approval.

After two hours of this sweetness, I sat with the ISKCON council members who are revered as the elders, along with the next generation of twenty or so highly devotional and qualified younger folks, some who are still in school and some who are well established in the professional world.

Our topic was “Succession Planning.”  The natural theme I posed, being the facilitator, was, “Can you all work co-operatively to succeed the current group with your innovation, sincerity and devotion, and work within a time-line?”

It was an overwhelming positive response.  All were happy.  I have expectations for their ongoing positive plans.

May the Source be with you!

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