The Beaches, Toronto
The Beach / The Farm
I couldn’t resist bringing my
dear friend, Kalakantha, to the Beaches area of the city, not for a swim and
certainly not for any gazing at scantily clad beach lovers. We are not like
that and besides, it is much too cold for swimwear only. The favourable 19⁰
Celsius is, however, unique for this time of the year. The reason for
any recommendation to invite him and members of the Bhakti Academy to the sand
and sun was that, historically, it was at the Beaches boardwalk that our guru,
Prabhupada, took a brisk walk in the summer of 1975.
It was so pleasant. One man
playing on his drum-set in the outdoors had spread out in front of him several
boxes of musical instruments – shakers, bangers and tambourines. As we strolled
by, he gestured to grab anything and participate.
“On our way back”, I told him.
And so, we did. We took any old
noise maker he had displayed before him and went wild with a kirtan to
honour this special place; the boardwalk tread upon by a sadhu, holy
Another blissful aspect of the
day was a drive – a super slow one, being in Toronto – to Caledon and the ahimsa
dairy farm called Gopal Goshala. Gathered there were all our members of
the Tuesday night Gita Chat group. It was educationally ecstatic.
Before rest I took a moment to
reflect on the next morning, November 11th, which is the veteran’s
Remembrance Day. Peace to the freedom fighters.
May the Source be with you!