Wrench in the Works
It was the first time something like this has happened in the thirty-nine year history of Montreal’s Ratha Yatra (Chariot Fest). The attendance was remarkable, however, one fellow came to try and crash the party.
His name will be withheld, but he’s referred to as a professional agitator; someone who likes to break up the fun. A dozen police kept a watchful eye on him and apparently know him well for his jail records. An activist who is very active at events, this time our joyous fest at Jeanne-Mance Park was his target.
The fellow came with his megaphone and helped himself to the front of the parade at St. Laurent Street, denouncing like anything.
What was he agitated about? A number of things that would be considered unjustified, nevertheless he attempted to create a scene at the park as well, but wasn’t taken too seriously by public. There, free food and entertainment was given.
A good number of people asked, “Don’t we have our rights?” Apparently under certain “freedoms” someone like him has some liberty to do as he likes. I could see the police were super careful in handling the situation. It’s too bad, but frankly the program today was a huge success and ended off on a beautiful note with the sound of kirtan.
We live in an age of darkness, Kali, and when you make some headway (in this case spiritual headway), some “monkey wrench will be thrown in the works,” as the expression goes. I saw a jolly and happy event in the long run.
May the Source be with you!