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Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Yonge St., Toronto


“I’m from Nepal. When I saw you I immediately made the connection,” said the young man. I had no doubt about his origins. He looked like where he comes from and even has this monk hairstyle all shaved except for a small tuft of hair in the back. “See!” He said as he turned around to illustrate the Vaishnava trademark.


It slightly threw me off when he expressed his allegiance to Buddha, and moreso when he declared, “I’m hoping to be the next Buddha.”


“Really, well I wish you the best in getting yourself there.” I suppose I was a little sarcastic for saying so, but in my heart I do want to see everyone advance spiritually. I invited him to our temple and left him a card. 


I was on Yonge St. when I met the Nepalese chap. That was near Dundas as I walked further north I met two young women working for the cause of education for women in some more remote areas of the world. Naturally they were fundraising. They were also intrigued with my monkish. I relayed to them that Iskcon which I belong to, is also doing such work, especially in India. “Everyone deserves an education, and many of what they call ‘tribal folks’ have not had the opportunity.”




Of course, I am one to endorse not just mundane education. It hasn’t made people happier. The spiritual component must be there otherwise one only gets partial benefit. You can invest in physical survival but what about tapping into permanent happiness. Our bodies will fail us but not the atma (soul). “I’m from Nepal. When I saw you I immediately made the connection,” said the young man. I had no doubt about his origins. He looked like where he comes from and even has this monk hairstyle all shaved except for a small tuft of hair in the back. “See!” He said as he turned around to illustrate the Vaishnava trademark.


It slightly threw me off when he expressed his allegiance to Buddha, and moreso when he declared, “I’m hoping to be the next Buddha.”


“Really, well I wish you the best in getting yourself there.” I suppose I was a little sarcastic for saying so, but in my heart I do want to see everyone advance spiritually. I invited him to our temple and left him a card. 


I was on Yonge St. when I met the Nepalese chap. That was near Dundas as I walked further north I met two young women working for the cause of education for women in some more remote areas of the world. Naturally they were fundraising. They were also intrigued with my monkish. I relayed to them that Iskcon which I belong to, is also doing such work, especially in India. “Everyone deserves an education, and many of what they call ‘tribal folks’ have not had the opportunity.”


Of course, I am one to endorse not just mundane education. It hasn’t made people happier. The spiritual component must be there otherwise one only gets partial benefit. You can invest in physical survival but what about tapping into permanent happiness. Our bodies will fail us but not the atma (soul). “I’m from Nepal. When I saw you I immediately made the connection,” said the young man. I had no doubt about his origins. He looked like where he comes from and even has this monk hairstyle all shaved except for a small tuft of hair in the back. “See!” He said as he turned around to illustrate the Vaishnava trademark.


It slightly threw me off when he expressed his allegiance to Buddha, and moreso when he declared, “I’m hoping to be the next Buddha.”


“Really, well I wish you the best in getting yourself there.” I suppose I was a little sarcastic for saying so, but in my heart I do want to see everyone advance spiritually. I invited him to our temple and left him a card. 


I was on Yonge St. when I met the Nepalese chap. That was near Dundas as I walked further north I met two young women working for the cause of education for women in some more remote areas of the world. Naturally they were fundraising. They were also intrigued with my monkish. I relayed to them that Iskcon which I belong to, is also doing such work, especially in India. “Everyone deserves an education, and many of what they call ‘tribal folks’ have not had the opportunity.”


Of course, I am one to endorse not just mundane education. It hasn’t made people happier. The spiritual component must be there otherwise one only gets partial benefit. You can invest in physical survival but what about tapping into permanent happiness. Our bodies will fail us but not the atma (soul).

MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!
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