Will Smith Getting It
It was the spring of 2003 and I was on my second trip across Canada, on foot of course. I started on the east coast, Newfoundland, then Cape Breton. Finally came Nova Scotia and a town, Monastery. I had with me a support team of three. There was Deva Datta, who originated from southern Ontario. Also on board was Tattva Darshan, originally from Alberta. Finally with us was Benjamin Barnes, a fellow from the U.K. who was the childhood friend of George Harrison’s son, Dani.
We got to talking about having a break by watching a video, a movie. It wasn’t our practice to do so, but someone amongst us had the idea for our group to view the film, “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” It is a modern take on the Bhagavad-gita. Matt Damon played the role of an ex-golfer who had lost his sense of swing. His name was R. Junuh. Bagger Vance, meaning Bhagavan or Krishna, was played by Will Smith.
We enjoyed this film, both because routinely we weren’t seeing movies—not much relevant material out there—and we’re busy. Will played a pretty good Krishna; very detached from the world and yet very helpful to R. Junuh. He does a jig on the sea shore, with a smile, at the end of the movie.
Very recently he came to Mumbai, India, for a promotion of a new movie. He tells a reporter, speaking about India, “I love the history. I am 90% through the Bhagavad-gita. To be reading that and to be here...my inner Arjuna is being channeled.”
Way to go Will.
May the Source be with you!