Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

Shining Day

The sun was shining, both outside and inside—inside with devotional activities.  Good phone calls dominated the day, and so too did several correspondences, which included news from two rural projects that promote organic growing and animal protection.  Thank God I had little to do today with putting out fires. 

Vyenkat came over.  He arrived in Canada only a few months ago.  He also landed himself in a job he likes.  And for a devotional project, I asked him to upgrade, or fine tune, my PowerPoint on Kirtan Standards.

Positive, too, was the visit by Daniel from Ottawa, another actor for our new drama, “The Embassy.”  Nicholas also came over, so we worked on the production for some time before the final glory of the day set in.

At 6:00 p.m., people were standing by Govinda’s door for an evening of cultural goodness.  Rhitom Sarkar from Kolkata played the slide guitar.  He was phenomenal, and backed up by a tabla player in good form.  Subsequent to this, film-maker Michael Oesch presented, on a massive screen, “Walking the Wisdom of the Road”, a ninety minute documentary giving account of walkers experienced and not.  Out of that time amount, twenty minutes are dedicated to The Walking Monk. https://www.festivalfocus.org/film/170496/the-walking-monk/   

It had been some time since I had seen this film about introspection through walking. 

“The showing was a world premiere,” announced Indresh, who, along with wife Kishori, manage the facility of Govinda’s. 

Hey, the viewers loved it.  Since delivering the Bhagavatam class in the morning, to meeting some walkers from the film, I found the day to be rich with bhakti.

May the Source be with you!
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Friday, September 13th, 2019

Hamilton, Ontario

One Hour

To get to Hamilton from Toronto,  takes just a few minutes shy of one hour.   Pradhyumna was my driver, and our destination was St. Joseph’s Health Care/Hospital, where I was to meet Dr. Ikesaks, a specialist in blood-clot issues.

Last April in Mauritius, just after a week-long intense program in South Africa, I felt an incredible pain in my right side.  Apparently, people over sixty-five are more susceptible to some reaction from high altitude and long air flights.  I was one of them.

The doctor was pleased with my general back-to-baseline good health, but encouraged me to stick to the daily blood-thinner pill.  So, it was a diagnosis that revealed a good report, thank God.

The staff at the hospital were pleasant.  Many patients were in the queue, and I imagine it’s like that practically every day.  “Birth, death, old age, disease” are spoken of by Krishna in the Gita, and are standard features of this world.  What can be done?  One must go through it all while preserving a sustained higher consciousness.   https://www.instagram.com/p/B2XTcJogv3J/?igshid=w0lhgl6s386a

Back in Toronto, when nightfall reached us, Pradhyumna and I went for a chilled walk, lucky to avoid precipitation.  People were everywhere in the streets hankering for enjoyment.  I don’t think they’ll get it completely.  Merely focusing any one of our senses on a sense object,  just doesn’t do the job.

Our one hour meander through the downtown was just perfect, duration wise.  Then the rains came! When we got back to the ashram,  Pradhyumna worked his massage magic on my thighs, addressing all the tight spots.  Once complete, it took a good hour to get to sleep.

May the Source be with you!
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

Playing God

Each of my thighs continue to have knots that somewhat obstruct smooth movement during the walking process.

“I have them as well,” said Balarama, a massage therapist who came over to massage my legs and feet.  “There is more tightness on your right side than your left,” he continued.  “Because the knots are there, they affect the performance of your knees.”

Balarama is quite the fit-looking person, and he has as a seva (service) acted in our drama productions, often as a well-built ksatriya (warrior). Today he extended his services by working on my lower limbs.

He did credit my leg muscles for being strong, and for this there is every reason that I can hope for more agility.  Yet my machinery will never be perfect.  I’m aging, don’t forget.

Thanks Balarama!

Looks and performance have always been something people cherish.  In the afternoon, Pradhyumna and I drove to Gerrard Street where you find the district of Little India.  There we met up with Nicholas, a photogenic-looking chap who has taken on the role of Krishna in our new production “The Embassy.”  We were trying costumes on Nicholas with what are known as clothing for a bridegroom.

We actually had a blast with the female clerk at Chandan’s, on Gerrard, who laughed and remarked, “Oh, he’s going to play God.  Well, everyone is trying to do that!”  We all laughed, referring to the statement that Krishna is indeed not just ordinary, but extraordinary. 

May the Source be with you!
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