Monday 9 January 2023

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Oakville, Ontario

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 other.

May the Source be with you!


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