Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

A Good Return

I was thinking how fortunate I am to have met Dr. Pain—aka Bilvamangal Krsnadas—in India.  He really fixed my ailing knees.  I felt rather “back to normal” when trekking toward Cabbagetown, this afternoon.

There was another experience that I came upon which enhanced my joy.  When turning a corner at Yonge and Davenport—near the Canadian Tire store to be exact—I heard a sound that is rare in the city.  It was the shrill sound of a hawk coming from above.  I stopped and turned and looked up, and sure enough, there was not one, but two hawks, soaring at the level of the towering tops of buildings.

I had never seen, or heard, these fellows in the downtown before.  Perhaps they are coming back and asserting themselves, in a way, getting back to normal business.  Hawks, falcons, eagles and osprey used to dominate these skies until pesticides were used in the environment.

Amala Ratna, our local hero, who sees to the healthy growth of the exotic and sacred tulasi plants, mentioned to me, at a program tonight, that such fowl and numerous other forms of wildlife are making a return.  I’ve been observing the movement of foxes and their sounds for three decades in the city ravines.

In a talk I gave at the program, I expressed that these are good signs.  While we spoke also about the recent tragedy in Florida, of yet another set of homicides—the killing of innocent students—nature is making a turn for the better in some areas.  After all, you just can’t dwell on negativity all the time.  Life isn’t totally grim.

May the Source be with you!

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