Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

Ottawa, Ontario


Mahadeva, Annapurna, and I found the perfect spot to chant at and that was Major’s Hill Park behind Chateau Laurier and which is bordered by the National Gallery of Canada and the Embassy of the United States of America. Passersby and bench sitters really expressed their appreciation with nods and words.

A second location, which happened magically, was an invitation from restaurant owner of “Curry Kebab” who spotted us on the way to Major’s Hill. “You can sing in my place, anywhere inside or outside the restaurant (by the safe).” We took up his offer, played music in the middle of the seating area, and chanted. That also received loving attention.

A funny thing happened on the way to the temple at 212 Somerset E., for a bhakti presentation. We drove through a neighbourhood of the homeless. At a stoplight two men noticed my robes. Spontaneity hit them. One held up a branch of dried flowers. The second one broke off a branch of a branch, turned towards me and made a run for it. He almost killed himself when crossing the lane to my passenger side to offer me that branch saying, with enthusiasm, that “It’s a flower!” He didn’t ask for change. He dashed back.

Mahadeva took the branch from my lap, smelled it and recognized it as marijuana. “Nice gesture of the man,” we both thought. All three of us (with Annapurna) had a good laugh. Now, what are we to do with it. Dispose of it at the earliest possible opportunity, amidst some weeds. Job done and a presentation was made based on walking for Krishna.

May the Source be with you!


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