Owen Sound, Ontario
The Pretty and the Painful
Every trail is unique. Every rock is
distinct. Every cloud in the sky is different. Every tree has its own
character. And today, I am viewing a waterfall which stands out from any other.
The water from the Sydenham River flows as
cascades at Inglis Falls, a lovely drop of rushing H2O. It is one of
four waterfalls in the Owen Sound district. Its gorgeousness was the reason for
a second stroll for Mahadeva, Anna Purna, and I, but here we were accompanied
by local friends who are all nature lovers. That is the very reason I’m here;
to get encouraged by people and nature – and to some degree to encourage.
Who would not be inspired by a rush of
water playing on rocks and making the most soothing music you could find
around? The hiss of the moving water is just a reminder of our place in the
world. We are small. Everything else is huge.
Anyway, pleasant times. You have to make
some room for them. Last evening we had a meaningful look at 2.20 from the Gita.
This morning the same method was applied at the same place, the Hanna family,
where we reflected on a verse from Canto One of the Bhagavatam. In this
passage, the great Vidura is speaking about the suffering that nature inflicts.
How true! Nature presents two sides – the pretty and the painful.
May the Source be with you!