Ramsden Park, Toronto
Raised in Lebanon
“I was raised in Lebanon” said the 25-year
oldish woman when she saw me and only after she told of her religious
affiliation with Islam. “There was a lot of anger and hardness, so I got very
discouraged.” She really did want to talk after seeing my apparel, so she went
“Then I went to a Christian church. People
were quiet, friendly. They were singing and doing it so sweetly. I felt very
I told her of my involvement in a tradition
which has roots from India. “Since 1973, I’ve been a monk and, in our culture,
we concentrate on meditation to do with mantras. It’s a true peaceful
approach to life.” I gave her my card with the maha-mantra on it.
It reads, “Please try the following MANTRA and SHINE: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. TRANSLATION:
O Awesome Creator, allow me to be of blissful service to You and the world.”
The young woman glanced at it and wanted to
continue to speak, but in a somewhat hurried way. “Maybe I should look into
“Yes, we have a temple and a restaurant.”
“I think meeting you was meant to be. Maybe
this is my next phase?”
“I believe you,” I said. “I wish you the
best. Don’t hesitate to contact me.”
“I will,” she remarked with anticipation all over her face.
May the Source be with you!