Saint John, New Brunswick
By the Sea, by the Sea
We arrived at Irving Nature Park
to meet up with Nakula, a devotee who’s very active on podcasting, with
interviews from people who present the other side of perspectives; whether
social, political, or spiritual. This park is complete with conifers,
sweet-smelling trees, deer, squirrels, crows, and more “petit” creatures that
fly. A side trail by the wayside, called Bayside, is a salt marsh with a
boardwalk. Very invigorating it is. At the boardwalk’s end, Nakula and our
foursome troupe took the liberty to just lay down, look at the sky and absorb
the great oceanside dynamic before proceeding to a seven-kilometre hike.
At noon, we were present for our kirtan
with djembe and tambourine. That excited the students from the nearby high
schools. They’ve got some good dancers out there. Corporate passersby are less
At 4 pm I received a call from The
Casket newspaper for a lengthy and fruitful interview. The media is
taking interest in my life of walking, along with my book “The Saffron Path.”
A podcast with Nakula, always
enthusiastic, brought out the best because of his questions on how Krishna
Consciousness has socially contributed to the world. My answers delivered points
on what our guru, Prabhupada, brought to the table – Eastern thought, clear
self-identity, non-violence, plant-based eating habits, bhakti-yoga,
reincarnation – a cutting edge of the mainstream culture.
At the home of Nakula’s parents,
we rolled out a sangha, a chanting session, including a great eat of prasadam
with our favorite New Brunswick dish – fiddleheads once again.
May the Source be with you!