NEAR TO THE CASTLE
Updated: Mar 20
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
The Annex, Toronto
“Let’s head off towards the castle,” I suggested, referring to that magnificent structure known as Casa Loma, set at the edge of a cliff. It is majestic by nature, having gothic features, and is not necessarily spooky in appearance. It is the site where many movies have been filmed such as X-Men, Chicago, Strange Brew, and more. Some years back, Krishna devotees held a kirtan in one of the halls of the castle. Currently, during this March break, you will find activations of dungeons and Dragons. The public likes this stuff.
In any event, my walking crew ended up not going. Nikil, Leo, and Ruslan were a bit exhausted from the chanting at Meditation Night held at the temple every Wednesday evening. At least we got some time in for another form of meditation – japa – while on foot.
I was joking with Vishaka, our Bhakti Academy coordinator, how in this modern day you have two prescriptions to life – meditation or medication. The illnesses of today are pluralistic, and the remedies are many, but ultimately the cure lies in dhyana, the concentration on the sound of transcendence, the form of divinity, the message of the truth, the taste of mercy, and the support of sangha (spiritual association).
Our walk towards the castle and back was short but sure. We breathed in the goodnight air.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!