Looking Back and Ahead
I asked the group at “I Gita” if
2022 was a good year and I received mixed responses. One person responded with
an ambivalent tone. Others expressed optimism. I simply asked this as a lead to
have the folks think about a New Year’s resolution – practical steps towards
sustainable improvement. It’s what many of us think about at this time of year
as we flip the calendar.
My presentation tonight was quite
impromptu. The organizers of the program, a marvelous couple, Kasyapa and
Panchami, wanted something different and left it to me. Well, a beautiful chant
by Annapurna had to be a component. I inserted into the program a reading and
charade-ing from the story of the bumble-bee and Krishna. That was fun.
Vallabha Hari cracked some jokes. I also engaged the groups in a form of Chi
Gong; moving to the maha-mantra.
By the time it came to eating,
something was prying at me when I had a few seconds to myself. I asked myself –
tested myself – with the question, “What are you going to do about taking
progressive steps that you are not doing now?” I really haven't come to an
answer at the moment, but it is important to me to drive to some conclusion
within the next few days.
In all frankness, I believe, as a
bhakti yoga practitioner, there is an obligation to enhance and
advance improvement. When the question re-visited me, about the year 2022, I’ll
admit there were some bright sparkles in the year. The most taxing feature was
dissension or bashing over the internet. People could be sweeter with each
May the Source be with you!