Saturday, 14 March 2020

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Toronto, Ontario

Panic Mode

I noticed something peculiar about some of the shoppers as I walked with Corrado to our favourite chanting park, Bellevue Square.  I spotted several people carrying toilet paper.  I believe that some folks are caught up in what some call "panic buying".  What ignited this recent practice is the awareness of the coronavirus.  People are acting in a panic mode.

Of course, it is important and intelligent to take precautions.  I just wish that the panic button on birth, death, old age and disease could be pressed.  Yes, let us react to the consequence of death, for example.  Imagine a mindset like "I will die.  I've gotta get my act together, maybe kill the demons within and exit from this world with clear consciousness."

Corrado and I decided to dedicate our kirtan chanting in the Square to the fight of the virus.  Chanting went well.  We didn't expect such spectacular weather, plus 14 degrees Celsius with the sun on us.  You can see the mood, on the face of an individual, change with the weather.  The sun was out.  The smiles were out.

Now, one other reason for chanting in the park was to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya, the one to spark and implement the idea of mantra meditation in the first place.  By nighttime, hundreds of bhakti-yogis, including Billy's community from the Temple Groove, came to the temple to honour the most magnanimous of all monks.  Many of us broke a fast at 7:30 a.m.

May the Source be with you!
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