Walking Monk and Goat Man Meet
Via Rail transported me to Windsor where I was picked up by Vivasvan, my support person for the first leg of my U.S. walk. At customs, the officer became very animated when I mentioned I was going to a wedding. “So you’re the high priest?” he asked me.
“Actually, I’m the ‘blesser’.”
“I hope the wedding goes well and the marriage. It didn’t work out in my case. I didn’t know that leaving the toilet seat up bothered her so much; just to give an example…”
I was a little concerned about the lineup queued behind us. He finally let us go and gave good wishes.
Vivasvan, with family—Ananda Rupa and 2½ year old, Chaya—brought us to the kirtan spot outside the Cobo Center for the crowds at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. This event is a big deal for the youth who come to listen and party. Some folks, who walked by, slowed down to listen and then moved on, were in attire that is very un-monk-like. In general, they liked the music and energy we were creating. Only the amp/speaker we used was of an unplugged nature.
I met Erick Brown and his goat, Deer, who travel the U.S. I heard about him when I was walking.
Erick, 31, who’s made a name for himself, was recently attacked, tied up, and his bank cards stolen. Some of the devotees from the kirtanmentioned that Erick has been taking his goat on public transport. Not everyone takes a liking to that.
Erick told me, “I walk and also take rides to get around.” Apparently he bought an old school bus and travels with Deer in it.
May the Source be with you!