Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Toronto, Ontario

By Phone and By Chair

By phone and by chair, I breezed through some meetings to do with reviews—assessments on the festivals—the chariot ones, the India ones.  It was a healthy analysis of things.  Also included was a discussion on the monthly, Evening of Bhakti (EoB), programs which are tailor-made for newcomer/friendly folks.  Running for almost ten years, these prominent chanting sessions have proven to be very effective.  Of course, there is always room for improvement.

I intentionally anchored myself in the building (ashram) as a kind of recovery for the previous day's more strenuous trek on the Bruce Trail.  At the Sunday program, I asked several of my co-walkers how they felt physically and otherwise after our harder-than-usual walk. Their responses; "I'm quick," and "I had the best sleep."

The Sunday Open House is something I do look forward to.  Some people call it the Sunday Feast.  Oldtimers from the hippie era call it the Love Feast.  The congregation trickle their way in for a lesson on bhakti, chanting and eating.  Some linger to catch the late arati which is a beautiful ritual.

People are happy.  It's family and friend time, also time with the Divine. The weekly Open House is a soul booster.  It's nice to know that it goes on all over the world and is growing.

It all starts with the guru, this soul boosting.  The morning is the time for sparking the initiative of thanking the teacher.  We do so with flowers and mantras.

May the Source be with you!
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