It was appropriate to connect with the land, cows, and bulls, and to admire the many rolling hills, because today was Annakuta, also known as Govardhan-Puja: the worship of the hill called Govardhan. To be more in touch with the imagery mentioned above, Jaya, David and I set out for Vishal’s farm, which is north of the city.
On this most perfect day of autumn warmth, the sun shone upon various Halloween displays at the homes of residents in the Forrest Hill community. People go all out with elaborate exhibits of ghostliness. Everyone needs to have something to celebrate.
Beyond the city and Holland Marsh, we came upon Tottenham, and the home of Vishal, Yasomati, and their children, for a meal of absolute delight. Then, we forged ahead to the farm for a puja, or worship of the bovine. We took diyas (flames made from ghee wicks) and made circular motions around the physical forms of the cows and bulls, who number around a dozen or so.
Kristen, who usually oversees the farm, was absent at the time. However, Joel, who recently arrived from the Waterloo area, was present, and seeing to the chores.
Vishal and I took a meaningful walk along the edge of the sixty-plus-acre farm lot, where plans are set to build a new house on the property. Vishal was speaking like a visionary, regarding the need for a return to the land, animals, and overall, a life of simplicity. You can’t help but fall in love with those concepts and their application. https://www.instagram.com/p/B4NnEMnAYSm/?igshid=8iszvvvudw8m
Back at homebase in Toronto, Govardhana Puja was celebrated in grandiose style.
May the Source be with you!