Friday, January 13th, 2024
Red Deer, Alberta
I can’t help but keep to the theme of the extreme, weather-wise. The sun and snow cast a brightness but with -40 Celsius there exists a brutality that is hard to explain.
Indoors at the Radha Madhava Cultural Centre, we sat in warmth and comfort—all sixty of us—delving into the story of Narada. After a beautiful encounter with sages who spent four months of the rainy season at his home, his life was changed. Narada was just a young boy looked after by his mother. When she died of a snake bite, he became an orphan and took to the ways of a pilgrim. Spiritual strength came to his path from all the travel and sadhu-sanga, good association.
I was truly impressed and moved being in the company of mostly students, many of whom are taking their spirituality very seriously. Outside of their university studies, bhakti consumes their life, at least I’m led to believe. It’s inspiring to see a new gen going spiritual.
Satyavrata, from Red Deer, came to pick me up, and happily our day was broken up with a walk in the Collicutt Centre. This sports facility has just about everything for fitness. We were drawn to the walking/running track. From that upper floor site, you could see all the lower level activities of younger folks at hockey, soccer, trampolining and more. That’s progressive—anything that keeps them away from drugs and other damaging exploits.
Our evening sangha attendance was compromised by weather. Some intended visitors couldn’t get their cars started, or the doors to the houses were frozen.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!