Gananogue / Toronto
On A Return
On a return journey back to Toronto, our group of five stopped in at the Gananogue Inn to see the Patel clan and be greeted by wholesome wraps and pizzas. Our short two-hour visit also entailed a tour walk of the waterfront where tourists embark on the popular boat cruises. This stop is becoming a cool routine when traveling between Montreal and Toronto.
Back in Toronto and we were enchanted by the Monday-night kirtan. This is as good a way as any to celebrate the national holiday of Victoria Day. Yes, it was during the Queen's era that Canada got cut free from its monarchical ties.
The word "free" is really such a misused term. Adherents to the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita learn that true freedom is experienced when the senses are under control. According to these teachings, we have five knowledge-acquiring senses, namely the ears, eyes, nose, mouth and touch, and then working senses are listed as hands, legs, anus, genitals and tongue. When these ten body parts are channeled through service with Divine intent, one begins to enjoy a form of freedom like nothing else.
I walked into the temple room and heard the sweet voice of Lilamayi. She sings well. Thakur, who hails from Africa, demonstrates his power and finesse on the drum. Others had come to respond with their voices in the process of what we call shravanam kirtanam: receiving and responding to the mantras.
May the Source be with you!