Niagara Falls, Ontario
It’s No Wonder
It was a smooth drive with
Gabriel behind the wheel from Ottawa, but looking at the rest of my day I asked
myself, “When will I get the chance to put in some walking?” Before reaching
ISKCON Toronto I asked Gabriel to drop me off at Bayview and Rosedale Valley
Road. “I’ll complete this journey on foot.”
The trail, along a fairly busy
road, is actually in a ravine with plenty of shade. Pleasant! But from where I
began, I noticed the most healthy growth of poison ivy patches. I stayed on the
trail and enjoyed the towering trees on both sides. But trouble began when
seeing the tents of the homeless. The problem is the garbage that’s left
around. Nature is usually nice and so are people. However, there is another
side to both nature and humans. Let’s take note.
Also on my agenda for today, was
a drive to Niagara and a presentation there, to celebrate the belated
Janmastami, Krishna’s birth. This journey was an austerity. The Queen Elizabeth
Way, the route to the town of the dynamic waterfalls, is somehow cursed. It has
become a bumper-to-bumper culture. Very aggravating.
Peace was achieved when we
finally became stationary and I spoke from the Gita, quoting six verses
that address Krishna’s coming to the world — His intent, His timing, and its
auspiciousness. There was shanti, calmness, in this delivery and, to
some degree, that tempering contributed to keeping some peace with the
horrendous traffic on our return. It’s no wonder I like walking.
May the Source be with you!