Halifax, Nova Scotia
Out with the Haligonians
The early morning began with the
thickest fog, which caused a delay for Mahadev, Annapurna and I to fly to
Halifax from Toronto. Once we arrived by Swoop Airlines at 11 am, the sky was
clear and a brisk air was there to greet us at 3⁰ Celsius. Hurray! And Hare!
Our main engagement for the day
was the book launch for The Saffron Path, at Halifax Central Library.
All technical and facility arrangements were professionally executed for our
opening kirtan chant, while my regular Thursday Zoom was set up for
others out of province. The room filled up!
I told my stories and it was a
tall, brown, good-looking man from South India who mentioned, after the
presentation, that he liked the details of the redneck dynamic I went through
in New-Brunswick in 1996, when a motorist rolled down the window and gave me
the middle finger as his way of discriminating against my monastic robes.
“I felt insecure, but
way-a-minute, he’s the one that’s insecure, so let me transfer my self-pity to
empathy for that driver.”
Anyway, book sales went on at the
end of the presentation. All liked the chant, including the drumming by local
Programs held in libraries are
usually for the thoughtful kind. I was happy for us because there were mixed
groups of listeners, ethnically, and all were thoughtful.
May the Source be with you!