Friday, 17 July 2020

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The Annex, Toronto


Our Idea of Leisure Walking


Judging by the amount of people in cafés and outdoor bars, things are opening up. At least that’s what Jivan Mukta, my walking companion for tonight, and I were observing. The problem with one, or two or more drinks is that you leave your guard down, and then social distancing can easily turn into social mingling. It looks like you could call it “opening up for trouble.” Oh well, I’m glad I don’t drink. I can’t, I’m a monk. Drinking toxins is a major taboo for us on the bhakti-yoga path. Drinking challenges your health, brain, family, bank account, relations with others, your business, etc.


I’m sure there are ways to socialize without harming yourself. There are so many approaches to ‘fun’ and some of us have figured them out by following old ancestral traditions, especially from the Vedic perspective of ancient India.


As mentioned, my companion today was Jivan Mukta and he’s a rather strict practitioner—he doesn’t mess around with substance abuse. What we did fancy was the simple act of moving along the promenade—a leisurely walk. While we walked, we chanted and sometimes took a break to observe some workmanship in the form of a dazzling piece of architecture; though frankly, most structures are contemporary works of blandness.


Anyway, viewing some of the old edifices, trees, and landscapes were our weakness or our little maya.


May the Source be with you!

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