Saturday, June 17th, 2023
Bhakti Brnga Govinda Swami and I were on the grass within the tent talking about the good old days at 187 Gerard St. in Toronto. Now the home of an accountant in an old Irish enclave called Cabbagetown, during our time, from ’72 to ’75 it was an unofficial place of worship and meditation. At one point the rather modest Victorian house accommodated forty people, so in the evening, as we lay down on the floor in our sleeping bags, it was wall to wall humans.
If you needed to get up in the middle of the night to go pee, you would have to be extremely careful as to where you would step.
“Remember those times of deprogramming when our dear God sister, Rudrani, was kidnapped by those criminals, and we were trying to get her back?” I asked him.
“Yes, and I dressed up like a plumber, and Hasti Gopal and I drove back to her home in an attempt to get her to come back with us in the van.” BB Govinda Swami was recalling this as we laughed.
We were reminiscing like anything in Kishor’s backyard where many people came to enjoy the kirtan in Stouffville. I was swooped up to head for the West End in Mississauga at Sheridan College. There, a group of students, fairly newly arrived with student visas, came to hear about the fundaments of Bhagavad-gita.
I explained, “we are looking at five subject matters – Isvara (God), jiva (the soul), karma (action), kala (time), and prakrti (material energy). The students were very attentive.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!