They were singing that song from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons—“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” That was the other day. A group of adolescents went at it at the top of their lungs while walking down Walmer Street, perhaps in celebration that Spring had finally arrived. The sun had shone that day. The temperature was fine and perhaps love was in the air.
It did strike my curiosity how the group of millennials knew that sixties song. Anyway…
Excitement was in the air, today, again. I recruited, rather spontaneously, a group of congregants to take a trek down the ravine in passing by Evergreen Brickworks and beyond. https://instagram.com/p/Bh81i2WggkT/ Just about everyone was out to honour this most attractive of seasons—spring. Bursts of colour were to gaze at—everything from flowers to intense orange goldfish. People were attentive in three ways: to nature, to themselves in conversation, and finally to other pedestrians.
And I also burst out, saying to my companions, “Really, this is the way it should be—everyone going about in a leisurely way. And a personal desire, or dream, is if just one day out of the year, we could just mobilize ourselves through walking. NO CARS! Absolutely none! Wouldn’t that be Vaikuntha(heaven)?”
It was also a great day to launch the season for Ratha Yatra,the Chariot Fest. In our temple room, a yajna(sacrifice) was executed. It involved a fire display and feeding that fire with herbs and spices. It was very festive and engaging and… “it was too good to be true.”
May the Source be with you!