Friday, 10 June 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Rosedale, Toronto

Starting Over

The class this morning was graciously handed over to me and, being that we have now begun the Bhakti Academy training course for novices, it means a few changes have been implemented. We have left Canto 11 behind and restarted Canto 1 of Srimad Bhagavatam. This great literary masterpiece of Vyasadeva is an encyclopedia of Vedic wisdom. It was felt that our crew of the young and old could merge and sit together to hear the nectarean words of the great Bhagavatam book.

Today’s verse was 1.1.10, and the theme of it is “how to survive in the dark age of what we call Kali?” One of the words that describe the current age is “mandah” which means “slow.” This is particularly in reference to the pursuit of self-realization. Boy, are we ever a materialistic lot.

It takes some determination to be on the spiritual path; and to stick by it. One of the newer students with the Academy asked, “Given that the odds of staying disciplined, even on a modest degree, are against us, how can we develop determination to overcome the ‘slowness’ of this age?”

The simple answer lies in seeking out the best company possible. In Sanskrit it’s known as sangha or sacred association. Stay with the determined; the encouragers. That will spell success without a doubt.

I took a photo of our bright group, whom I would declare “NOT SLOW” because they have chosen the way of enlightenment.

May the Source be with you!

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