Finishing With a Possum
After three years we have our
invited guests, Vaisesika and Nirakula, to inspire us in the service to Krishna
and His outstanding rep, our guru, Prabhupada.
He, Vaisesika, is doing a series
of talks on “Save the Earth,” based on the teachings of the Bhagavatam.
Nirakula is presenting a workshop for female Vaishnavas. In the meantime, I had
the pleasure to Zoom a class with our regular Thursday crew from the Gita,
13.8–12. This highlights attributes pertaining to knowledge and they begin with
amanitvam adambhitvam, humility and pridelessness. How Prabhupada
defines humility is very perceptive. “Humility means that one should not be
anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others.”
And, if I might add, humility and
pridelessness are true features of success in life. The key.
Today’s walk, beginning at 6 pm,
brought me and companion, Omkar, to the Spadina and Richmond area where condo
buildings tower and impose a kind of humility upon the pedestrians. There I
went to the residence of Rasheshvar for a great meal on his extensive balcony.
The walk back, a distance of 4.1 km, took me through Chinatown. A great walk
there and back.
My last few breaths before
turning in for the day was spent at our ashram’s front steps. Four feet away
from me and climbing expertly on a cedar tree was a possum. He was rather small
but determined to reach the top. In Canada we are not accustomed to having
possums. They are now multiplying in the Great White North. A possum is
awesome. It eats such things as ticks and cockroaches. It was my first sighting
of one in Toronto.
May the Source be with you!