Ramsden Park, Toronto
Wow! So, one of our monks, a student of Bhakti Raghava Swami, Canadian monk extraordinaire, has accomplished something wonderful. At a length of 73 minutes, Krishna Chandra, broke the world record for reciting by heart the entire text, Bhagavad-Gita. There are 700 verses of wisdom that form the entire text; a poetic work of literary power.
I would also like to express my thanks once again to Dwarkanatha for a daily brewing, steeping spices for a tea to combat the effect of the COVID-19 virus. Since restrictions were enforced in March or our cook has been steady at making it available at our ashram residents here in Toronto. He uses cloves, ginger, cinnamon, pepper and adds a dose of jaggery to sweeten it.
Regular consumption of this tea and adhering to social distancing has kept our ashram free of the virus, thus far. We would like to keep it that way. And I might add that catching fresh air outdoors, some vitamin D, if possible, and a good walk also is the type of protection we need.
I managed to catch our cook just as he was completing cooking the evening meal, comprised of cream of broccoli soup (the cream is from coconut milk), homemade bread, a curried mixed veggie prep and finally the chai (tea).
A meal like that plus a reading from the text Chaitanya Charitamrta starts a closure to our evening.
May the source be with you!