Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Brampton, Ontario

Humanity In Two Days

At the day’s end, I took that stroll down Yonge Street through a light drizzle—a winding-down of sorts. The day was long and the extension to it, the day prior, made it impactful.

Godbrothers and Godsisters came together to remember Rsi, aka Rick Hobson, who recently passed away. His sister, Sandra, came, as well as his stepson, Kailash. What we recalled of Rsi was this soft-spoken, but humerous side of him. Those of us from the Toronto community credit him for being a pioneer of book sales of the Bhagavad-gita, distributing prasadam in Govinda’s, in addition to being a receptionist.

Dear Rsi, you won’t be forgotten.

Within these last two days, I have been approached by varying individuals to pray for them concerning illness, relationship issues, exams, and for someone perishing. Lots of prayers. This activity, of course, is a component of devotional life.

An “Evening of Bhakti” held in the temple room drew a crowd of kirtan lovers. I also had dinner with Ritesh, a tabla master, along with partner, Melissa. And one outstanding event to write home about was the grand opening of a new centre for ISKCON Brampton, located near Dixie and Derry Roads.  Wow! What a turnout! Great food! Congratulations to all the hard-working devotees including Radha Gopinatha, Aindra, Nimai Nitai, and families. They now have a spacious facility with two levels, plenty of parking and plenty of potential to make it a centre for education, science and culture.

Worship is a small fraction of the building’s purpose. It is here to help people cultivate their spiritual consciousness.

In Toronto, I introduced to the crowd, Baladeva, aka Barry Brown, with his new book, Humanity: The World Before Religion, War and Inequality.

May the Source be with you!

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