St. Jamestown, Toronto
It was an easy stroll to Ajamil and Radha’s place. If you don’t know Ajamil, the Bengali singer, then there he is, I’ve introduced him. He’s a soulful singer, has his own style of voice and gets people dancing. I asked him what’s going on these days.
“Because of Covid I’m not doing much bhajans,” he remarked with some disappointment. The bhajans he was talking about are songs of devotion. He usually backs his voice with the harmonium and when he does so, sitting on the floor, he stomps that right foot.
Unfortunately, while I was there at their apartment, we didn’t sing at all, rather we indulged. Oh, Radha, she cooks well. Her guacamole was quite exquisite followed by pizza. The lockdown isn’t stopping me from social interaction, however, it is a very limited turnout. Even Radha remarked, “I’m ‘Zoomed’ out.”
Regardless, she was happy to have a monk at her home as well as a great couple from Danforth. Gopinatha and his wife, Yasomati, used to run a photo developing shop called “Bobby’s One Hour.” You can’t blame Covid for the dissolution of that line of work. The world of technology has changed the way we do things.
Tonight we anticipate a purnima, a full moon. We also will honour Rasayatra, that most dearest of dances, involving Krishna and his gopis, cowherd girls. This marks the beginning of the auspicious month of Kartik, a meditation on God’s youthfulness.
May the Source be with you!