Thunder Bay, Ontario
I must admit that I get quite
excited when I see the signage for “The Great Trail,” which flows like a ribbon
throughout Canada for a length of over 20,000 km. Well, that trail runs right
next to the Vedic Cultural Center, where I’m staying. My challenge is putting
the dots together in terms of finding how the trail stays connected. I have
just completed doing the book launch at the Mary Black Library where I told
Prem that I will find my way back to the center with the hope that I could see
the continuity of this path. Well, I succeeded! It’s not easy to link all the
pieces together. There just isn’t enough signage.
I met Noland on the way, a young
curious guy. “I don’t see monks around here very much. It’s a pleasure.” We
shook hands. He mentioned that he’s trying to stay out of trouble.
“So, you mean you have been in
Nolan admitted to that. I invited
him to our Diwali program tonight, for a spiritual experience and some blessed
food. He said he would try to oblige. It turned out that he didn’t come. You
can’t always get your hopes up too high, however, a fair number of people did
come and I was also fortunate to keep up the biweekly Zoom call with our Gita
Chat, in communication with our west coast devotees. It’s always a pleasure. As
I mentioned to Nolan, “Life is great in the fast lane of spiritual life. I
stepped into a monastery/ashram fifty years ago to become a monk. I
never left that vocation but only put in a few walks here and there!”
May the Source be with you!