Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

Toronto, Ontario


Palestinian Couple


“We have some questions,” asked a curious young couple, modest in appearance and child-like in inquisitiveness, as I sat there in the centre of the park. I slid over on the bench to make room for them.


“What do you believe?” they persisted.


“We follow an ancient way from India called bhakti, it is a form of yoga-devotion.” I replied.


“You’re not a Buddhist?”


“No, we follow Krishna.”




“No, Krishna, the speaker of the, Bhagavad-gita. Do you both live here in Canada?”


“We just arrived. We are Palestinians. We love Canada.”


I could see by mannerisms and dress code I was speaking with a young couple who were a mix of ‘free spirit’ and a touch of ‘Islam orthodoxy,’ if that makes any sense. They continued to pleasantly probe.


“You are vegetarian?”


“Most definitely. Much of our values are placed in non-violence.”


“Not Buddhist?”


“Actually we are the origins of Hinduism—the longest, most resilient culture on earth…”


I offered them both my handy maha-mantra cards so they could leave with something. The card reads, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Translation: Oh awesome creator, allow me to be of blissful service to you and the world.”


After a lively dialogue I walked back to my destination—the ashram.


May the Source be with you!

6 km

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