Durban, South Africa
Good for the Feet
I'm doing some barefoot moving around. The campus at the ISKCON Centre in Chatsworth is kept very clean. Every space is either swept or raked or hosed down with water. At least there’s water here in Durban. Cape Town is running dry.
There is a moat around the temple, and it’s there on the pathway next to the moat, that I walk. You will find colourful Koi fish in the moat. And there’s no animal scat to worry about. I’ve never seen a dog on the grounds. Maybe a cat. Monkeys, definitely.
So, things are clean. Suci. Suci means clean.
The interior of the temple, where our bhakti yoga sadhana is performed, is wiped daily with a mop. I don’t see that happening in all temples.
I was going to continue my barefoot boldness at the site of the Durban Festival of Chariots venue, the Old Durban Drive-In. Old DBN Drive-In doesn’t sound too exotic.
Upon arriving at the site for practice, I realized it was smart to wear my kyboots. The pavement has an accumulation of years of broken glass, mostly liquor bottle remnants. I would have gone, ouch.
We humans are bad. We are expert at ruination. The sastras—ancient Vedic texts—describe a spiritual world where the ground you walk on is of chintamani—divine gems. That’s probably good for the feet.
May the Source be with you!