Thursday, 25 February 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Balcony at 243


Go Slow


“Slowing Down in a Fast-Paced World” was the theme chosen for the Mauritian Zoom crowd. I started off with everyone doing a boogie snap of the finger and singing Simon and Garfunkel’s first stanza to 59th Street Bridge song, “Slow down you move too fast/you’ve gotta make the morning last…”


Arjuna slowed down. To process. To listen. Only then to pick up due to the empowering words of Krishna. Further still, to go in high gear; into the battle of Kuruksetra. For us ordinary folks it appears that a day’s balance is situated in high and low tides. “Low” as in downtime. Then to run when the rush of high tide comes in. Have you ever been at the Bay of Fundy? That is an exciting place for strolling on the ocean floor that’s all dry. Within minutes it fills up. Quite the experience! An actual rush!


The overall message is SLOW DOWN. Pause. Take a moment or two or three, a hundred even, and simply reflect. Remind yourself that you are a spirit, a servant of Him and that it is ok to stop, to pause, to inhale. Let that stretch and also stretch it out on the exhale. It is fine to just pause and be calm; as a service to family, friends and faith.


Let’s not forget that when Krishna Himself arises from slumber He meditates. He has His calm before being very active for the day. He sits down and pauses.


For today’s motorists we would like to say “Slow down!” Hasty drivers often topple.


May the source be with you!

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

243 Avenue Rd., Toronto


Getting Messages Out There


At noon we had a Zoom. “Mindful Trinity” is a regular broadcast/podcast from South Africa and I had the pleasure to be interviewed on one of those “Tales from Trails” by an elegant host, Vaishnavi Carana.


It certainly puts me back on the road when recalling and conveying the stories from the trails of past walks. It will be 25 years ago that I began my first marathon walk across Canada. In April 1996 I took that journey, which lasted seven and a half months, starting in British Columbia and finishing in Newfoundland in December.


Vaishnavi was multitasking with the interview in the sense that she was Zoom-ing, YouTube-ing and, to my knowledge, utilizing Instagram all at the same time. I don’t know how she got the technical side to behave in her favour. Anyway, the interview went well according to her.


A second Zoom for the day occurred with our Oakville group as we completed our reading and discussion of chapter 16 from The Gita. We determined once again that a good substitute word for “demonic” (as in a person’s character) is “whimsical.” Several times the purports of Prabhupada make use of this word. Whimsy implies a sense of being confused, casual, directionless and scattered. They are traits that you are not necessarily to be proud of.


In two weeks, this group will dwell on chapter 17, which is most interesting.


May the source be with you!

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