Walking and Seeing
My walking ventures are nothing compared to those of our guru, Prabhupada. When I walk, I gawk. I find things of interest and I like to link what I see, whether it be trees, buildings and people, and relate them to the universal creator, but I don't always succeed. I'm certain he would have been fully seeing from the Krishna-centric perspective; all through the eyes of sastra, scripture.
In today's stroll, I came upon the stately home of George Brown, a Father of Confederation for Canada. Okay then, now can I compare this historic structure to just one of the palaces we read about in regard to the ancient city of Dwarka? I walked along Beverly Street, and there admired the first building the Krishna pioneers of Toronto used as a temple/ashram, a place of devotional service.
In the annex area, I passed by a massive shady tree whose branches extended over the street and also reached out to spread over three houses. Nothing like the banyan tree that we read about in the Gita, on the upside-down world (Chapter 15).
I came to the church, St. Stephen of the Fields, went inside and used this appropriate space for japa meditation. I believe that that is something our guru would do in the ‘60s in New York. Just a few minutes presence there, and I moved on through the University of Toronto district. Hmmm… A place of learning? How about reflecting on the city of Ujjain, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, which is the site where Sri Krishna took His education from Pandit Sandipani Muni.
It can be quite fun attempting to connect all that we see and do to the Supreme. Let us try.
May the Source be with you!