Sussex, New Brunswick
Billy Graham Crusader
I took a head start walking toward our evening’s destination which was Sussex, over an hour’s drive from our place at the Norfolk Motel. A Billy Graham Crusade follower pulled over and started talking. He had hordes of questions, not curious ones, but the type that might lead you into a trap if you did not answer according to his take on Jesus. I found it fun, though. The point is, he saw me—the second day in a row—and felt I needed to convert, that I needed Jesus. Personally, I’m happy with Krishna and Jesus together. He could only have one and not the other.
“Maybe I can challenge you this…” he started, and I politely cut him off.
“You see, it’s not a question of your camp or my camp. We are running parallel, truly as one camp.”
Then he offered to say, “Yes, there’s one camp. THE camp. A camp.”
Then I butt in saying, “A camp. ‘A’ stands for ABSOLUTE. We are both going for the Absolute. It is not black and white. We say in Sanskrit, achintya-beda beda tattva,which means we are onein purpose with slightly different approaches. I will take your brochure. Here’s mine—a mantra card. God bless you!”
That was that! I met more people in town. A fellow in a wheelchair said, “I'm 71.”
“Well you look 35.”
“I wish girls would say that about me,” he said in glee.
A woman approached me. “Do you have some change?”
“No, but I have a bottle of water.” She laughed and shrugged it off.
Finally, the boys (monks) picked me up for the Sussex program at a fitness studio. Well, we got ‘fit’. We danced and chanted in community spirit.
May the Source be with you!