Ramsden Park, Toronto
Death and the Dog
The sun and the green of the park
drew me to take those few steps to a bench of contemplation. The dog park just
behind me has been a location of spriteful activities, for a good twenty-five
years now, for pets and owners. Those frisky canines are so much loved by their
masters. I pondered on the point, wondering if the masters reserve any
affection for the greatest of masters.
While I see an explosive
exhibition of life at that haven for animals, I did dwell a bit on the theme of
death. On my walking travels, I’ve seen the display of death, with the most
common incident being roadkill. Most wildlife can’t stand a chance when
crossing our roadway systems. For instance, the other day I spotted a beaver
who came from High Park and just abruptly expired from a traffic bully on
Gardiner Expressway. Sad.
In the Bhagavatam, verse
11.10.20, from today’s morning session at the ashram, we read, “Death is not at
all pleasing.” For pet owners, a dog’s life span only goes for 10 to 13 years
in most cases. It can be devastating for dog lovers. That’s why, I say, if
people can at the same time offer affection to God, then the emotions become
somewhat tempered. You have something to fall back on as He will always be
there for you in affection.
One way to look at the practical
relationship with Krishna is that we are His dog, as He is our master.
May the Source be with you!