Queens Park, Toronto
It was a pleasure, and always will be—a pleasure—to deliver classes on the science of bhakti. I am in my element as it brings me closer to guru and Krishna. We have begun a new chapter in the study of the Bhagavatam, Canto 10, Chapter 25, where Vasudeva, the father of Krishna, expresses the realizations that his two offspring, Krishna and Balarama, are actually Divine mystics; creators of the world, and pradhana—energies of the world. It was fun to explore this subject.
A second class, by way of zoom, dealt with the topic of how to relate to people of varying religious backgrounds. This live-streamed presentation was fun, as we explored verses from the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 17, where the Gita student gets to filter faith through the three modes of nature.
Ultimately, we don’t want to resort to being judgemental; when it comes to a review of different paths. One path can be strong, another muddy, another dry and uneven, but our goal is to reach the final destination.
The biggest challenge with various faith groups is that theymaintain respect for each other. We must see each other as good neighbours, and not condemn one another. Where there is belligerence—we can perceive this as ignorance. Interfaith sessions can be healthy. The meeting of the mature.
Tonight’s walk took Aisvarya and myself to Queens Park. Our drum did not arrive. Corrado took sick so we sat on the grass and sang to the beat of sticks. Spiritualists can beat sticks but not each other.
May the Source be with you!