St. John's, Newfoundland
To Embracing Madness
"The Great Trail is the longest recreational trail in the world,” reads the plaque, "spanning 24,000 kilometres from coast to coast (in Canada) and connecting over 15,000 communities. “
What is significant, to Marshall and I, is we managed to be there at the start of this "Great Trail" and it wasn't my first time. Marshall remarked it has the feel, when you're here at its beginning, that you just want to travel on it forever. I guess he was saying there's a feeling of infinity. We came upon many runners, walkers and cyclists despite the light frosty weather, mostly Newfie friendly.
When our small portion of the trail ended at one kilometre, we made our way to the Hindu Temple on Penny Lane Drive. Just before we entered, we checked out the lyrics to the famous Beatles song, "Penny Lane." Interesting.
I was asked to speak to the community, and I did so with an initial request: "Do you know the words to Penny Lane?" No one responded except for a few westerners in their sixties and beyond. Another question: "Do you know what is the essence of the sacred tests, the Vedas?" From that query, an interest was aroused.
Anyway, we got very interactive during our presentation, in an effort to warm everyone up to Vedic knowledge and the coming event Gita Jayanti, the anniversary of when Krishna spoke the science of self-realization.
An evening program was then held in the district of what's called "The Battery," where Marshall and I have been accommodated (thanks to Jan). Our casual discussion centred on "Embracing Our Madness." I opened up by describing the ecstasies of monk Chaitanya. His love for God was profound.
May the Source be with you!