They Heard of the Walking Monk
At the Montessori school in
Russell, some chipper remarks came my way from the young students. One of the
young boys said, “We made you,” and what he was referring to is that before my
arrival, for quite some time, the kids became familiar with “The Walking Monk”
through a children’s book of the same name. I guess you could say I was the
special guest in three classrooms. What the boy was referring to was that the
staff had the students colour Walking Monk cut-outs from paper and attached
them to images of the globe.
I was touched.
In an evening program, which is a
regular weekly venture, students and parents converge for kirtan,
musical instruments, soup and pizza. One father with his twin sons introduced
himself and when the five-year old boys saw me, they asked a pressing question,
“Were you in the book? How did you jump out of the book?”
I was impressed with the
attentive behaviour of the young ones, while Mahadeva and Annapurna were
projecting out the sacred sound during this musical evening. And, just when the
kids started showing signs of restlessness, I took up my role of introducing
clapping and any old dance moves from my seat (remember, I’m still using a
cane) just to keep the interest going.
To note, all that I do throughout
the day, whether it be a walk down the trail or displaying some dance moves, it
all is an offering to the guru. Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!
May the Source be with you!