The Annex, Toronto
We spent six hours at the Brickworks, not the Brick, the
Brickworks. It is a little piece of
heaven on earth and we chose it as a location to film another scene from our
drama, “Rolling the Dice.”
Stephen, Balaram, Michaela and I were out there working tediously, but with love, just to pull the story together and have it ready for the “MANtra Retreat.” The main focus of this story is extracted from The Mahabharat and is about greed.
Regardless, we toiled hard in what we, as a group, are not used to. We’ve done stuff on the stage. Well, this is a new frontier—filming—and it’s Covid-19 that is forcing it.
We went on with filming a compelling exchange between Vidura and the blind king, Dhritarastra, and those familiar with the story know what I’m talking about. We completed the final act and did it all on empty stomachs.
While heading back to our homes, with Stephen as the driver, to make a stopover at the ashram to fill our bellies, we could hear a band playing at Yonge and Bloor. They were good. Motorists, which we were, and pedestrians alike enjoyed the Friday night fun. It’s Friday night, there has to be some spark.
That is what it became for me. Then, after a read from the Chaitanya Charitamrita and our usual Staircase Kirtan, I relaxed and headed out to the Annex for a japa walk.
One fellow on a bicycle saw me and asked, “Are you the same one?”
“Yeah, that was me. You saw me at Bloor and now I’m here
(Avenue Road).” I yelled out.
May the Source be with you!