Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
I don't care for some of the linguistics that I hear. Anyways, here's what he said:
"What the f___!?" Two young guys were coming up the iron-railed switchback at Ramsden Park when I was coming down. One of them made the remark, followed by a question, "Are you a monk?"
"Do you believe in God?"
"Sure do! It is so important to carry that central person, God, with you in the course of your life."
He thought about what I said, became speechless for a few seconds, and finished with, "Well, you have a good day!" which I did. Actually, it was already nighttime. I guess I threw off his sense of time. But what a day it was!
In Mississauga I assisted in sampling colours for a project rejuvenating our Govinda's Restaurant. Then, I rushed back to Toronto to give a Zoom class on a review of Chapter 15 of the Gita. This segment of the divine book details the world tree, much like a banyan tree. From that description we learn of the spiritual realm which is self-luminous. Next set of verses speak of the qualities one must attain to reach that anti-material world. It also offers a definition of what we are – fragmental parts of God, and because we are part and not whole, we are not perfect. Through the cultivation of wisdom and its application, we can achieve freedom enough to be able to go beyond the physical 'world tree'.
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MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!