Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023
Mahadeva, Gaurav, and I hit a trail near the healing lake of Manitou. We really enjoyed the prairie air – dry and clean. For Instagram, Mahadeva videoed me trudging along as if I was tired. At the end, I plopped myself on a humongous tire to make a joke. Few viewers got it.
We ended up at a quaint raving with a clear creek running through it. I decided to stay there while my companion went on to do chores. Well, I spent eight hours there, picnic-table hopping as a way to adjust for shade-sheltering and being outside. It was at this place of a mini paradise called Wellington Park that I met local souls on their strolls.
At one point, I opened Shyamasundar's book, Chasing Rhinos with the Swami, and chose to read, for a second time, the section on our guru, Prabhupada, speaking to Anatoly, a Russian in Moscow. Anatoly was the first in his country to respond to the message of the Vedas. Prabhupada gave him the basics from a tiny room of a stuffy hotel.
The author sums it up so well in regards to presenting succinctly the essence. "God is a person, the Supreme Person; His name is Krishna. All energies, spiritual and material, emanate from Him. Spirit is eternal; matter is temporary. You exist so Krishna can enjoy your association and service. You are a small spark of His bliss and knowledge – but because you wanted to enjoy separately, Krishna gives you a material body and the material world as your playground. Your original position is with Krishna, so use your life to go back home, back to Godhead."
Good talking points.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!