Montreal and Mothers
A good conscientious driver, friend, and devotee, by the name of Harry, drove Karuna and I to Montreal. It was just a lovely land we went through, with that red spill against the sky, manifest from the east, and beckoning us to move forward. Arrival time was 10:00 a.m., after the 5 ½ hour ride.
To the ISKCON temple we went, on Pie IX Boulevard. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, everyone was cheery, and the irresistible urge in us to walk a stretch became our first business there. As usual, we moved along Prince Arthur Street and then beyond. The beyond is a grassy and tree-patched area before you get to the train tracks. Then we practically slid down a steep slope to land on Notre Dame where traffic is serious.
I received a call. “Can we talk about the summer and the talent-troupe that’s planned?” asked Prem.
“Yes, it’s a conference call right?”
Narasimha from Montreal got on the line with us, and we discussed who the actual talent will be for the month of July, travelling from this town, Montreal, all the way to Calgary, and stopping along the way to present a summer’s “Festival of India” which will include bhajan, magic and a dance/drama. Some details were finalized.
What was missing?
The need for another woman on the stage. Yes, another ‘mother’. Currently, we only have two. A third makes it better.
“There are seven mothers in one’s life, according to the Vedas,” I said at talk-time, to the Pie IX ISKCON community. “Let us always remember and respect the many mothers we have in our life.”
May the Source be with you!