Halifax, Nova Scotia
At the Harbour
Myself and the boys—I call them boys because they are 21, 23 and 23—drove to Halifax’s waterfront to indulge in a gracious walk just as corporate folks started milling about. It really is a nicely done up harbour. It also has its history. In 1917, a Belgian and French ship collided, with one bearing explosives. On that foggy day their vision was obscured and the worst occurred. No one had ever in the history of the world seen such devastation from explosives—before the bombing in Japan.
It is remarkable that the city resurrected. At the end of the harbour promenade is the pier where so many immigrants landed by boat over the decades—people searching for a new life.
When our early trek was completed, we resumed a seat in the van. A breeze from the ocean was setting in. Marshall, one who’s 23, made wraps for us with the ingredients hummus, olives, avocado, peppers and fiddleheads, while I was reading from Prahladananda Swami’s book, “Hope This Meets You in Good Health.”
For us monks, it was interesting. The topics include physical health, letters from our guru, Srila Prabhupada, on the topic, and it also touches on Vedic astronomy and astrology. I read a section on celibacy, which is pertinent to the crew I was with.
However, for everyone’s appeal—I assume—here is a small excerpt from the astrology section:
In summary we have different planets and their influences on the consciousness of the soul:
Sun-ego (one’s identity) / Moon-mind (desire for peace) / Jupiter (mission how to achieve peace and happiness) / Saturn (duties to be done to achieve mission) / Mars (determination, conviction and courage to perform duties) / Venus (enthusiasm required to achieve goal) / Mercury (results that come from assimilation of the qualities of the planets to achieve one’s goals).
May the Source be with you!