Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Brampton, Ontario

Got A Call

Uber picked me up for a fast drive to Brampton, to a lawyer’s office, to sign papers for securing a new location for an ISKCON Centre.  It will be ours—a unit in a plaza on Steeles Avenue—and much larger than our current rental place on George Street.  The papers were signed and a grand opening happens on Sunday.

On my way to the lawyers, I received a call on my cell.  “Nevada” showed up on my screen.  Oh, that must be someone I met on last summer’s walk, I thought.


“Yes, hello! I met you at the Shanti Ashram near Silver City and I need some advice.  I’ve been a Kali follower for three decades.  I was given a mantra by a guru.  Would you suggest I stick to that mantra to respect the Goddess?”

“Yes, I think I remember you.  It’s great that you have a mantra and you just might stick to it, but I’ll tell you, frankly, that I derive a lot of pleasure from the maha mantra.  You might add this mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

“Here’s a definition of this mantra: ‘O awesome Creator, please allow me to be of blissful service to You and Your creation.’”

I don’t know that my caller, a woman, would take to heart my suggestion, but at least I had the privilege to give some advice to the powerful combination of the sounds in the great mantra of deliverance.

“It’s a mantra that expresses ‘giving’ as opposed to ‘taking’.”

She appreciated the talk. 

“Call me anytime!” I said.

May the Source be with you!

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