Sunday, April 30th, 2023
I firmly believe that it is vital to hit the trail and not to hit people. Kaustubha and I settled on blazing the trail at Rocky River Reservation, a ravine which runs at a very convenient district more at the west end. Every person we met on this fine morning was so gentle, far from being violent. That’s what nature does, especially at this time of year, pre-mosquito inundation. When nature bursts, people get calm.
One man, who I assumed is a birder (he was looking up at the treetops), asked when he saw my saffron, “What order are you from?”
“I thought so,” he replied smiling.
The tilak on the forehead is a giveaway and distinguishes us from Buddhist orders. Nice guy.
However, according to Kaustubha, almost every day someone in Cleveland gets shot. He knows from working in a hospital where bullets get removed from patients. Listen to the news and you constantly hear about some maniac letting loose gun fire at children in a US schoolyard. Violence! A sign of the times. Shame!
After our gentle walk among the trees, we drove to Power Grade, a centre for education where the Krishna devotees meet each Sunday. The verse we focused on from the Gita was 13.1 and 13.2. Arjuna asks, “What is prakriti (actual nature)? Who is purusha (the actual enjoyer)?” and so on. I leave it to the readers to explore.
It was a great turnout. I was surprised to see Ajita from Australia enter the room. He’s a real champ when it comes to rural community development.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!