Assiniboine Park Zoo
With the Animals
Out of the courtesy of the ISKCON
youth, I had the pleasure to spend time with them at the zoo. Now what can
anyone learn from gawking at creatures that you can get fairly close to and admire
like anything? Well, one perspective is you can see yourself in the various
species that are exhibited. Yes, we were all there before; karmically engrossed
in the eating-sleeping-mating-defending engagements. What unique experiences or
stages we have gone through before reaching this human platform!
I asked the group about their
highlights after viewing all that the facility had to offer. At the top of the
list were the bison grazing (one of which was an albino) and the polar bears
swimming in their preferred frigid water.
This visit gave the opportunity
to be with our younger Vaishnavas. We picnicked and also engaged in meditative kirtan.
One fairly eccentric lady, also a zoo visitor, heard and saw us drumming and
shouted, “When does the belly dancing begin?”
While we are on the topic of
music, Vrnda had arranged a gluten-free dinner for Emily, who has a family of
musicians. Also, Greg, a music teacher, and Daniel, who conducts a choir at the
Lutheran church, came for company and feasting, after which we all got to
singing in front of Vrnda’s deities of Krishna at her address, 108 Chestnut
Street. We delved into some melodies, some which are practically becoming
extinct. There’s a concern there. What to do about the dying tunes?
May the Source be with you!