Erin Centre Trail had a surface of slush on it but that didn’t discourage this walking monk. The trail is flat and the area is peaceful. Only when it approaches the open fields do I hear the call of the coyote community. Of course, at this predawn hour, they clear their throats, causing a howling and marking the time.
I was grateful to Dharma and Manasi Ganga, whose home is a minute’s walk from the south end of the trail. My two-day stay was pleasant. It ended at noon when Dharma dropped me off at my actual home, near Toronto’s downtown. All was lively at the ashram/temple with Govinda’s Restaurant in full swing and the temple’s 12 o’clock arati in session.
I was happy to greet the night with a Zoom call to a group hosted from Owen Sound. Our verse for discussion was 2.27 from the Gita. It is a clear endorsement to the subject of reincarnation, the soul’s transmigration. The verse, with its accompanying purport, sparked a lot of interest amongst the group – questions and comments. Here’s the verse:
“One who has taken his birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.”
My comment on this verse was centred more on the last phrase “you should not lament.” This is a repetitive message appearing in several verses. In verse 27, the point made by Krishna is be less emotional and be more devotional, more duty-bound.
May the Source be with you!