Learn from the Tortoise
Since surgery on my right knee
almost five weeks ago, I dare not push myself too hard to walk normally;
without cane or crutch. As far as possible, with minimal limp, I braved my
steps south on Avenue Road, to the corner of Louis Vuitton clothes ware, then
east on Bloor, through the café district of Yorkville, and back to the
temple/ashram via Davenport.
I did fine and stopped only once
for chanting my gayatri mantras. I surprised myself on the
three-kilometre stretch. No pain really. It was an accomplishment. It was a
slow, but firm step.
Two things happened today that
triggered the bold steps. At noon, a familiar fellow came to visit. It was
Curtis from Calgary. This young and strong person accompanied me in the state
of Utah during my US walk. He was most helpful, having a good sense of massage
power, particularly for the legs. He knows at least the exterior anatomy if
that makes sense. So, I asked him a favour after our prasadam lunch,
“Can you work on my machinery like you did in the past?” With no apprehension
he applied. It felt good. Thank you. And, as he was about to leave, a shipment
came in – boxes of the book “The Saffron Path.”
“Here’s a copy, my gratitude.” He
left with a smile.
My second nudge for the day was
our weekly Gita Chat, and today’s topic was a tortoise (Gita 2.58). Known for a
slow but steady pace, the tortoise is actually fast to draw his limbs within
the shell for self- protection. The lesson – be reasonable. Don’t press too
hard on what needs doing. Go slow. Steady. Protect yourself from the matrix of maya.
Beware of destructive sense objects.
May the Source be with you!