Rouge River, Toronto
Rouge National Urban Park is a
real gem located in the east end of the city of Toronto. To my understanding it
is one of the largest green spaces in a major city in North America. Recently
there have been bear sightings in the area. Unfortunately (or fortunately) our
group from the Bhakti Academy didn’t see any, although I did take home a tick
crawling on my dhoti (lower robe).
This might be the last of our
outings for the group this season before late autumn chills set in. For today
the scenery is spectacular with the color so intense this autumn. Walking, as
in taking a forest bath, is one of the best things you can do for physical and
mental well-being. I believe it offers a nice balance to life and I encourage
all bhakti yogis to take time in rural urban areas. Most people
live in cities and so it is a great treasure to have nearby these national
wonders like wild parks.
The walk, which was not long, was
just great and so was my evening. The Zoom discussion from the Gita,
verse 3.36 and 37, addressed the force that most affects us. Arjuna asked
Krishna about the force that compels us to do wrongful things when our intent
is essentially good. Krishna’s answer is that desire, which comes in various
forms, is born of passion and then leads to ignorance. This is what slows down
human progress. On Tuesday night, like all the Zoom groups I’ve plugged into,
it was a joyous experience for me as always. They keep me on my toes, my
working toes. The Zoom groups are precious stones.
May the Source be with you!