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INTENSE JOY

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Yorkville, Toronto



For two consecutive days I had meaningful walks with a growing recruitment of devotees residing in the ashram. I believe it’s good for these great individuals to come out of the bubble of the bhakti zone (the ashram) and get a breath of fresh air for just an hour to see a piece of the city from a more devotional perspective. Of course, I encourage each of them to chant on their mediation beads in the process.


Across from ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), a man with his super-speed bike said, “Buddha!” when he saw me. I had to clarify that it’s Krishna I’m aligned with. “Oh, Krishna, 5000 years ago?”


“Yes.”


“Buddha – 3000 years ago!”


“I believe it was 2,500 years. Jesus was 2000 years ago,” I said.


“In my native Sri Lanka, the Buddhists are taking over.” Our new friend indicated that a dictatorship was ruling, running away with billions of dollars from the public.


MINI DRUMS ALL OVER THE TEMPLE.

Anyways, we bonded.


Looking up for more excitement, our walk culminated in the festival in honour of Chaitanya. The temple was decorated with tiny drums assembled with regular drinking cups which were then painted. It was so creative – looked good! For the last two days we ended the festival with hot and sweaty kirtans – moments of ecstasy.


MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!
4 km

CHAITANYA.

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