Tuesday, October 31st, 2023
It is interesting how people can juggle with time considering the use of technology. Just to make a point, I skipped the temple ritual of the 4:30 a.m. arati in order to have myself set up for the Gita Chat via Zoom at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic province time. On our call we spoke and gave credit to the phone I was using. One of us did, however, mention the device is called a 'cell' – in other words, a prison. These devices that we love so dearly can be a trap. Fortunately for our group mostly from Halifax, we just had a fine discussion; inspiring, I would say.
At 8 a.m. in the Pune temple, I delivered my last class which was based on the story of King Chitraketu. The monarch desired offspring to succeed to the throne, yet infertility or impotency was restraining any birth experience until a visiting sage, Angira, came to offer kheer, a cream dish. It did the trick. Pregnancy occurred for the favoured queen, yet lamentation persisted for the royal couple detected poison that was used to kill their newborn boy. Sad story to talk about. It appears that history is full of infanticide crimes.
There were many goodbyes that came my way. It appears I was the last one left of visitors from abroad who came attend the midterm meetings. Young students from a nearby school, all devotee children, were there for darshan (viewing) and spontaneously asked if I could speak to them. They gave their farewells, and so did a few families living in the nearby complex 'Varshana'. They bid a 'so long' over kirtan, a talk, and a great meal of Gauranga potatoes, a famous ISKCON dish.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!