Thursday, 22 October 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Toronto, Ontario

 

Packed Day, Good

 

It was 7 PM. I was in my room just wrapping up on a zoom call with Argentina when David came to my door.

 

“Are you coming?” David asked in anticipation of our nightly staircase kirtan.

 

“Yes,” I responded. “By the way, I have to go!” I told the people on the Zoom call. “Good-bye!” I said, as did they. Along with an appreciative, “Gracias!”

 

We hit on a good topic—the theme of Achintya-bedabeda-tattva, which translates as “the inconceivable, simultaneous principle of oneness and difference.” Also, sometimes it is referred to as the unity-and-diversity concept.

 

During our class discussions we cited so many examples in our life as to how this tattva, or truth, exists. It is all-pervasive, like the sun and the sunshine. We find it all around us, indeed—ever-present, like oxygen. Another example is the vast Atlantic Ocean and the small quantity of ocean water cupped in your two hands. The quality is one, yet he quantity is different.

 

The presentation with Buenos Aires was preceded by a Zoom conference with the Toronto community, “Confronting the Impersonalism Within You.” Interesting! Not only is there a philosophy out there known as monism, a de-personal approach to God, where the personality of God is denied. What’s more, in our own human dealings we can trace the tendency towards insensitivity also.

 

I then gave a third class, to Cameron from Hamilton, on the topic of the Banyan tree—Chapter 15 of The Gita. I did no walking today but did stretches galore, to build up agility in the legs. Also, our drama practice is going smooth. Stephen, our Jamaican friend, plays the blind king.

 

May the Source be with you!

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Annex, Toronto

 

Get Ready!

 

An older man with whitish hair and beard has seen me passing by before, at least twice.  Once he offered a quick exchange of words, with a cigarette in his mouth.

 

“Hi! How are yah!”

 

Today was similar, “Hey, how’s it goin’?”

 

“Fine,” I said as I stopped.

 

“Yah I know, I met a holy man the other day as he was passing…”

 

“Is that right?” I inquired.

 

“And, he blessed me. Minutes later I found a $20 bill on the street.” He was chuckling.

 

“Lucky you! Well, God bless. Hare Krishna!”

 

“Yeah!”

 

“Have a good one!” I wished him as I moved on.

 

The sun was bright with rays shooting out along the street, going east. And I was going west, onward to join a small, backyard chanting party.

 

Nick was raking the leaves in front of Subuddhi’s home while waiting for two or three more to show up. We gathered. We chanted. One of Subuddhi’s tenants was from Bangladesh—a student. He was enjoying the mantra. We all enjoyed the eggplant pakora (fritter) because Subuddhi is the best when it comes to cooking. It will be hard to replace her in culinary prowess when she leaves us for Krishna’s abode. We are not anticipating that to happen, however, she is on in her years.

 

I had an incident this morning. Yes two incidents. I challenged some younger men. “We have some expectations of you. You are going to take over some day, so get ready!”

 

Maybe source be with you!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Inglis Falls, Ontario

 

Gathering Histories

 

I take this project very seriously. “Krishna in the Mapleleaf” is a book project that details the earliest days of the birth and growth of Krishna Consciousness in Canada, during the period from 1967-1977. In these first ten years we will highlight the reflections of the different participants from that period. By the grace of God I am spear-heading the project and I am receiving much practical help from friend and devotee; Wade Wilson, from New Brunswick.

 

This morning David and I headed for a two-and-a-half hour drive north to Owen Sound, to interview two God siblings, Garuda Vaham and Drupada, both from that area. Hearing their stories of the older, golden days was most informative, endearing and entertaining. As I interview these pioneers of consciousness I appreciate more and more their contributions to the change, gradual as it may be, in society. Hopefully readers will pick up on the radical attitudes and sacrifices people made to affect that change, in an effort to check the imbalances in society.

 

We lunched together, talked and then took a quick drive to Inglis Falls, where the Sydenham River Cascades before spilling into Georgian Bay. Lovely! And it is here that the Bruce Trail runs along for a stretch. A group of six of us took to a small portion of the trail. We were marveling at the fact that a recent runner just broke the record in completing the entire trail in nine days; a 900 km length. That is impressive, especially for trekking on such rough terrain. Krishna bless him!

 

May the Source be with you!

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Toronto, Ontario

 

Laudable Messages

 

Some strong messages came through today. From the sastras, texts of wisdom, voiced by the srutis, or Personified Vedas, Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.87.40 purport: “Even if a neophyte devotee falls from the standards of proper behavior by the force of his past bad habits, the all-merciful Lord will not reject him.”

 

There is hope for us.

 

This afternoon I was interviewed by Jason Maraschiello, a yoga instructor from the Orangeville area, via podcast. Some of the highlighted messages on the theme “Quality of Life” were:

 

1) Strike a balance in each day

2) We are all bees and we need to make our honey (meaning let’s get busy and not be idle)

3) There are three energies that visit us all the time—thoughtfulness (satva-guna) is especially welcome.

 

On our weekly Thursday Zoom call we discussed today’s verses from chapter 5 of The Gita. One which stood out is verse 10:

 

“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the result unto the supreme, is unaffected by karmic action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”

 

Later, in a counseling session, I gave advice along the lines of “scapegoat less and take responsibility.”

 

Finally to top off my day, going full circle, another quote came from Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.87.40, again from the purport.

 

“O Madhava, please let me understand you so I will no longer experience the entanglement of material pleasure and pain. Or else, just as good, please give me a taste for hearing and chanting about you. And that way I will no longer be a slave to ritual injunctions.”

 

May the Source be with you!

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