Live a little simpler
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 December 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20)

All day, we are talking about money. At work, money is the centre. That is what it is basically all about; doing all these things to make money. We make money, the company makes money. So money is all we are doing it for. Having a nice meeting – for money! Everyone is present – for money! That is all that is for.

At work, one is busy with money. But then at home, that is enough! How much time can we spend for money? Money comes anyway on it’s own accord. And its also to be remembered that one should just live according to his means – whatever comes naturally without going too far. That is what one should accept, his destiny. Not that we can go against destiny and that we want to be richer than we are meant to be and then we just somehow or other endeavour twelve hours, fourteen hours and so on. Because then, there is no more spiritual life left.

If someone says, “I have no more time for spiritual life”, then the first question is, “How much time are you spending just making money?” Prabhupada said once that about six hours a day is enough. Now you can tell your boss that; that is certainly going to be a complication (laughter). But at least we can try and minimize the time we spend just making money. This will mean that we have to live a little simpler, but that is fine!

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ISKCON Scarborough – Online Srimad Bhagavatam Katha- Rantideva- The personification of Generosity and kindness – Saturday 28th Mar 2020 4 pm to 6 pm
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Hare Krsna
Please accept our humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada


Our 33rd month - interactive, multimedia online Srimad Bhagavatam Katha will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm coming Saturday.
Please note that this is a virtual class where you can take part from the comfort of your home.

Topic: Rantideva - The personification of Generosity and kindness

Date: 28th Mar 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Link to join the class from your desktop or laptop: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9150790510
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Summary of the pastime: SB 9.21: King Rantideva and his family fasted for a very long time. When they were finally ready to break the fast they were interrupted in succession by uninvited guests. In spite of his severe thirst and hunger, the king fulfilled the requests of the guests respectfully and without any hesitation. Resultantly, the king was at the verge of his death due to his generosity and kindness but these were the stringent tests by various Demigods that he passed with flying colours.

Benediction for hearing the pastime: All those who followed the principles of King Rantideva were totally favoured by his mercy and became pure devotees, attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana. Thus they all became the best of yogis.

The life of Rantideva is a practical demonstration of the following verse:
Bhagavad-gita 5.18:

vidya-vinaya-sampanne
brahmane gavi hastini
suni caiva sva-pake ca
panditah sama-darsinah

The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

Be Determined

As I ventured west on Bloor Street,  a woman asked me for change just outside the Dollarama.

“I’m sorry,“ I said, “I don’t have anything.“

At Bathurst, I crossed over to head back in an easterly direction, and at Brunswick Avenue, I saw the woman again.  She had also crossed the street but she wasn’t about to ask me again. She was persistent though, with others.

“Do you have any change?“ she asked the next guy.

“What’s it for?“ he replied.

“So I can get something to eat…and some cigarettes.“

“No! No! Cigarettes are not essential. I’ll get you something to eat. I’ll get you some pizza.“

It looked like he was on his way to hop into the pizza place himself, just a few steps away.

“Do you want some pizza?“

She hesitated. I guess her priority was to get the sticks with fire on one end and a fool at the other.

“Okay, suit yourself.“ He went into the shop alone. I imagine a pizza was too ‘cheesy’ for her.

On my return to get my night’s attempt at sleep, I came upon a skunk. The skunk meandered around in someone’s front lawn. He was digging. He knew what he wanted and he got what he wanted—something from out of the ground. 

Know what you want and go after what you want. Hopefully it’ll be beneficial.


May the Source be with you!
7 km





Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

Walker’s Responses

If I didn’t get to the outside for that daily walk, I would feel utter cabin fever. In a prison. So, while the sun is at optimum power, I feel I must burst out the door.

I observed interesting behaviour from fellow pedestrians. Well, some are really kind and offer a greeting of some kind, others are, IMHO (in my humble opinion), a bit over the top with caution. For instance, at one point when Corrado and I were moving on foot on the sidewalk, the oncoming pedestrian left the sidewalk to take to the middle of the street. Actually, it happened more than once, and after we passed each other they would get back on the sidewalk; and this was even at times when Corrado and I moved in single file to make room. I guess, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Colorado left and split from our walk to tend to more devotions at the temple. I went on solo. In another instance, I was on the sidewalk proceeding ahead, when a group of three adults decided that the accommodating space I made wasn’t quite good enough for keeping to that grid. They stepped off and trekked over someone’s front yard grass.

People are keeping to that social distancing and taking it very seriously in response to the growing number of COVID-19 victims. It really was an uncomfortable sensation, but then I understand where people were coming from.

What I thought to be a real blooper was an attempt at streaming a Facebook event after my walk. I made an attempt at a podcast. To me it was not a finished delivery on words on the topic of isolation and how to go inward as a response.  To make such a broadcast more exciting, I need a moderating host.



May the Source be with you!
4 km


Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

Some Anger On the Walk

I walked to the old house, 187 Gerrard Street, which was a temple at one time. Forty of us lived there in that three-storey building with a basement; the first place I lived in the city. I came here specifically to get my monastic training.  We were a vibrant bunch of Hare Krishnas, getting up at 3:30 a.m. to chant, study, do community service, eat, sleep, and teach. Memories!

On Jarvis Street, I came upon the mansion the two Massey brothers lived in—Vincent who became a Governor General, and Raymond, who became a Hollywood actor playing the role of Abe Lincoln, among many others.

The sun was strong but the air—cool.

A fight broke out between a man and woman just in front of me. Anger exploded in the air. First with him. He pulled off her flowing, silvery wig. She started beating him with a left and right, over and over. He held his arms up to guard his face. Then she kicked him between the legs, and screamed, “I hate you! I hate you!“ I guess she didn’t like him, anymore.

I walked forward, wanting to stop the violence, but she quickly stepped away. Emotions were high for both of them. He moved on. I got the impression they had both loved one another, at one time. I saw him farther along the trail and asked if everything was going to be all right.

“Yeah!“

Farther on, a cab driver shouted, “Haribol!” addressing me. At Allen Gardens, a woman stepped aside from her boyfriend to say to me, “Hare Krishna!“ This couple was cool.

Always there’s adventure when on a walk.   https://torontoobserver.ca/2019/01/10/torontos-walking-monk/


May the Source be with you!
8 km

Friday, March 20th, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

To Go Inside

Today is 20:2020. And it is not an ordinary day.

I announced to our small crew of monks that as of tomorrow, there will be a shutdown of the temple, due to the coronavirus. “Oh yes, the duty service will go on, the cooking and business as usual, but we will not be able to welcome people, even the regular pujari’s (priests).

These words did not meet ears with surprise. Our resident monks saw something like this coming, what with all that’s around us shutting down. “The Ford auto plant in Oakville is closed. In Oshawa, General Motors is closed,“ said one of our congregants. And he added, “All parking in Toronto is free, but parking for what?“

Wow! What a surreal world we are living in. Extra-ordinary times.

This mandatory carefulness is to last for two weeks—our temple/ashram closing. The decision was not mine alone, but a group of elders, medical professionals and temple leaders who had that conference call and arrived at this point.

So, for most of us who reside in the ashram, we have the freedom to get out, or to go outside. Dharma and Dakshin walk every day. So does Gaurachandra, while Jai Sri cycles—all seniors.

Dwarkanath, our young cook, routinely runs. Corrado and I walk.  I’ll get cabin fever, if I don’t. They ordered these days as “stay at home, work from home.“ But I’ve got to go outside, and when I do, I go ‘inside’ with my fingers on my beads and the mantrato the heart.

We walked to the edge of a cliff by a ravine and just sat there “to go inside.“



May the Source be with you!
5 km




Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

In the Annex

In the Annex I’m walking
Moving and not docking
Row upon row a Victorian home
With cars lined just like a comb.

As I stroll here Bro
I see the status is “pro“
Got it made for sure
They are far from poor.

Wish I could meet them
The ladies, the gentlemen
They are very much nestled
With maya they’ve wrestled.

Want to give a higher taste
Joy is truly above the waist
Or do they care to dance?
In a different circumstance.

The dancing avatar has come
Bengal is where He’s from
Telling us we’re spirit
Good, because the virus, we fear it.

I wish I could reach them
These ladies, these gentlemen
I assume that they’ve dozed
For their doors are all closed.   © Bhaktimarga Swami


May the Source be with you!
2 km



The TOVP 125th Anniversary Special Edition Vyasa Puja Book 2021
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On February 26, 2019 ISKCON New Delhi unveiled the gigantic “Astounding Bhagavad Gita”, considered “the largest principle sacred text ever to be printed”, at a size of 10’(2.5m) x 6.5’(2m). Produced, printed and bound by the publisher of the largest and most expensive books in the world in Milan, Italy, this Bhagavad Gita has no rival in the world.

Now the TOVP has contracted with the same printer, as well as with Milan, Italy’s best gold/silversmith, and bas-relief designer, to produce a Special Edition 125th Anniversary Vyasa Puja book to offer Srila Prabhupada in 2021 that will contain only the names of all the donors who have completed their pledges by the end of 2020. This offering of the names of donors to Srila Prabhupada on this most auspicious and sacred occasion will symbolize the incredible support from all his followers worldwide who have helped to make his dream a reality.

Here are some of the details of what is to be the most beautiful, ornate and jewel-like Vyasa Puja book ever published in ISKCON:

  • 12”(.3m) x 17”(.4m) in size
  • 44lbs (20kg) in weight
  • 500 gold-leafed pages
  • Silver/Gold bas-relief on the cover
  • Printed on hand-made Freelife Merida paper
  • Special illuminated text
  • Printed in Milano, Italy
  • A work-of-art offering to Srila Prabhupada
  • To be permanently on display in the TOVP

Get your name included in this magnificent, one-of-a-kind Vyasa Puja Book offering to Srila Prabhupada by completing your TOVP pledge or making a first- time pledge and completing it, by December, 2020. The 2021 Special Edition TOVP Vyasa Puja Book will remain permanently displayed in the TOVP, and your name will be read by thousands of Vaishnavas for generations to come. Donor levels begin with the Nrsimha Brick sponsorship ($1000).

For further information go here.

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H.G. Svaha Devi Dasi Speaks About the #GivingTOVP 10 Day Matching Fundraiser
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Recently we sent out the official announcement about the Second Annual #GivingTOVP 10 Day Matching Fundraiser which you can read here. This event starts on April 26 (Akshaya Tritiya) until May 6 (Nrsimha Caturdasi) and is poised to raise over $300,000 to help the completion of Lord Nrsimha’s entire East Wing and altar in the TOVP for the opening ceremony during Gaur Purnima 2021.

In this video Her Grace Svaha Mataji, wife of TOVP Chairman Ambarisa das, speaks about the importance of completing the TOVP by 2022 and how you can help during this ecstatic 10-day matching fundraiser which her husband will match up to $150,000.

Despite the escalating effects of the corona virus throughout the world, we pray that Lord Nrsimha will protect, inspire and empower devotees worldwide to give to this historic project even in the face of adversity. Without continued funding we run the risk of having to delay the Grand Opening in 2022. Please make a small sacrifice for this most auspicious cause. Thank you.

To read the official TOVP Corona Virus message go here.

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Advisory on Government restrictions due to Corona Virus
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Advisory on Government restrictions on public places: In line with the restrictions imposed by the government regarding West Bengal lock down, Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple, Srila Prabhupada samadhi, Bhajan Kutir and Lord Jagannath Temple in Rajapur will remain closed for devotees and pilgrims starting today 4pm till 27th March 2020 . Deity services will […]

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Online Puja Offerings are Limited
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Dear Beloved Devotees of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, This is to inform that following the government advisory rules on COVID-19, ISKCON Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir is closed for both devotees and pilgrims till 27th March as of now. The deity services will go on as usual and the same can be watched online at Mayapur.TV. The following […]

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New Gokula
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After my stay at Sydney temple, Kaliya Krsna from New Gokula drove me up to our farm in the Hunter Valley. Like many parts of Australia, which were affected by months of drought, so too was New Gokula.

Fortunately, the farm had some good rain and everything was looking green and fresh. Obviously, more will be needed but at least for the time being the situation was much improved.

I always enjoy my visits there because of the beautiful deities of Sri Radha Gokulananda, Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra and Sri Gaura Nitai. Not to mention the wonderful devotees and cows.

Chanting Means Associating with Krishna
Giriraj Swami

Krishna is absolute. Krishna the person, and Krishna’s words, Bhagavad-gita—there is no difference. Advaya-jnana, no duality. Everything is one, absolute. Krishna is absolute, Krishna’s instruction is also absolute, Krishna’s pastimes absolute. Everything. That is Absolute Truth. There is no difference. In the material world, the name and the thing are different. Suppose here is mango—mango the thing and mango is name. If I simply say “Mango, mango, mango,” there is no mango. There must be the thing, mango. That is duality. This is the world of duality. “Absolute” means the name and the thing are the same. Otherwise, if they’re different, then what is the use of chanting “Krishna”? Krishna chanting means Krishna this word, and Krishna the person are the same. Therefore constant chanting means constantly associating with Krishna. And thus we are becoming purified. Purified. There is no difference.

—Srila Prabhupada, talk on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.19, May 19, 1976, Honolulu

Unprecedented times require unprecedented solidarity
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Unprecedented times require unprecedented solidarity.

Never before have I experienced a time where one persons behaviour can impact another so dramatically. 

I don’t think I need to explain how bad the coronavirus crisis is everywhere.

Many services for homeless people are closing.  Schools are closing which immediately impacts low income families. Almost 1.3 million children, about 15% of those in England’s state schools, receive free school meals because they come from low income families.  Official data showed the need was greatest in parts of London, the north and Midlands where more than one in four pupils were entitled to free meals. No school means an unacceptable rise in the number of hungry children. How can that be right?

UK Governments call for the elderly and the vulnerable to self-isolate is the right thing to do, however many people on a low income are not in a position to isolate them selves. The need to house and feed themselves and their families doesn’t afford them that ‘luxury’. The homeless continue to be the first to suffer, closely followed by families on low earning and then the impact reaches out to the general populace.

Can something be done to help? Most certainly YES!  

Volunteers at Food For All are raring to get into action to respond to the need of the day. We are ready to cook 20,000 meals daily at our certified kitchens in Holborn, Central London. We have the infrastructure in place to be able to distribute hot vegetarian meals from the following seven distribution points:

  1. Tower Hamlet
  2. Islington
  3. Camden
  4. Kings Cross
  5. Russell Square
  6. Trafalgar Square
  7. Holborn

With all Government guidelines and safety policies in place, meals will be freshly cooked in three batches throughout the day and served fresh all day. The hot meal will consist of a protein rich, complete meal, the healthy ‘kitchari’ which will provide each person with satisfying nourishment for the day. The health benefits of ‘kitchari’, can be viewed here;

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/blog-the-banyan-insight/details/what-is-kitchari-why-we-eat-it-for-cleansing/

How can you help?

If you’re fit and healthy, then please come volunteer your time. If you are self-isolating then no need to feel helpless, please consider donating generously to the budget below. For as little as 10p-15p a plate, we can provide a hearty meal to a child or a person in need during these uncertain times.

Each giant pot of kitchari will provide 6,000 meals and will require:

100kg dal – £110

120kg potatoes – £120

30kg carrots – £40

8 large cans tomato purée – £54

Ghee – £25

Spices plus other vegetables – £40

Gas – £60

Plates, spoons, containers – £380

Total: £829 per pot.  

To provide 20,000 meals per day we need £2,500 per day.

These extraordinary times call on each one of us to step up and to reach out to those in the most need.  That any child or adult should go hungry in a prosperous first world country never fails to appal me. 

To be fully operational by the 6th April we need you to galvanise into action now. We are ready to do our part to serve, we await your much needed support.

With kind regards,

Peter O’Grady

Director, Food For All

Gita key verses course 7 – 2.47 – Can I be detached without becoming irresponsible
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How to see the current Corona Crisis from a spiritual perspective
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Every bit of Devotional Service
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Every little bit of devotional service that we do now; is a preparation for a greater service in the future.

Kadamba Kanana Service, Srimad Bhagavatam ŚB 1.15.4, 21 feb 2020

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SB 1.15.4

sarve tam anunirjagmur, bhrātaraḥ kṛta-niścayāḥ
kalinādharma-mitreṇa, dṛṣṭvā spṛṣṭāḥ prajā bhuvi

Translation
The younger brothers of Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira observed that the Age of Kali had already arrived throughout the world and that the citizens of the kingdom were already affected by irreligious practice. Therefore they decided to follow in the footsteps of their elder brother.

Purport
The younger brothers of Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira were already obedient followers of the great Emperor, and they had sufficiently been trained to know the ultimate goal of life. They therefore decidedly followed their eldest brother in rendering devotional service to Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. According to the principles of sanātana-dharma, one must retire from family life after half the duration of life is finished and must engage himself in self-realization. But the question of engaging oneself is not always decided. Sometimes retired men are bewildered about how to engage themselves for the last days of life. Here is a decision by authorities like the Pāṇḍavas. All of them engaged themselves in favorably culturing the devotional service of the Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. According to Svāmī Śrīdhara, dharma, artha, kāma and mokṣa, or fruitive activities, philosophical speculations and salvation, as conceived by several persons, are not the ultimate goal of life. They are more or less practiced by persons who have no information of the ultimate goal of life. The ultimate goal of life is already indicated by the Lord Himself in the Bhagavad-gītā (18.64), and the Pāṇḍavas were intelligent enough to follow it without hesitation.

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To Get Rid of Material Pains, One Must Chant Hare Krishna
Giriraj Swami

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura says, samsara-visanale, divanisi hiya jvale, judaite na kainu upaya: “We are always suffering from material pangs, and our hearts are burning, but we cannot find any way out of it.” The materialistic person can also be called a tapasvi, which means someone who is always suffering from material pains. One can get rid of all these material pains only when he takes shelter of the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra. This is also explained by Narottama dasa Thakura: golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana, rati na janmila kene taya. Narottama dasa Thakura regretted that he did not pursue his attraction for the transcendental vibration of the Hare Krsna mantra. The conclusion is that all persons in this material world are suffering from material pains, and if one wants to get rid of them, he must associate with saintly persons, pure devotees of the Lord, and chant the maha-mantra, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. That is the only auspicious way for materialistic persons.

—Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.22.15 purport

What Hare Krishna Means
Giriraj Swami

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu teaches us, na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye. (Siksastaka 4) Dhanam means wealth . . . But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, na dhanam: “I don’t want money.” Just the opposite. Everyone wants money. He says, “No, I don’t want money.” Na dhanam na janam: “I don’t want many men as My followers.” Just the opposite. Everyone wants. The politicians, the yogis, the swamis, everyone wants, “There may be hundreds and thousands of my followers.” But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, “No, I don’t want.” Na dhanam na janam na sundar?? kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye. “Neither I want very nice, beautiful, obedient wife.” Then what do You want? Mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki: “Life after life, let me remain a faithful servant of Your Lordship.”

This is Vaishnava. He doesn’t want anything. Why will he want? If he becomes servant of Krishna, then what does he want? Suppose if you become servant of a very, very big man, then what is the question of your want? This is intelligence. . . . There is no question of want. Just try to become servant of God, and all your necessities will be sufficiently fulfilled. This is intelligence. Just like a rich man’s child, does he want anything from father? No, he simply wants father, mother. The father, mother knows what he wants, how he will be happy. That is the duty of the father and mother. Similarly, this is very good intelligence: just to try to become the sincere servant of Krishna. All your necessities of life will be sufficiently supplied. There is no question of asking.

Therefore intelligent devotees do not ask, “Give us our daily bread.” He’s God’s servant, and He will not get your bread? You have to ask from God? No. God is giving bread to the eight million other living entities. Birds, beast, tigers, elephants—they are not going to the church for asking bread. But they are getting it. So if God is supplying everyone food, why He shall not supply you? He is supplying. So we should not go to God for begging some material benefit. That is not actual devotion. We shall go to God for begging how we can be engaged in His service. That should be the begging.

“Hare Krishna” means . . . Hare means, “O energy of God,” and Krishna, “O Krishna, Lord Krishna, please engage me in Your service.” This is Hare Krishna.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

It is simply praying, “O my Lord Krishna, O Srimati Radharani, Krishna’s energy, kindly engage me in Your service.” That’s all. All business finished. This is Vaishnava. So, Vaishnava has no necessity. He knows that “I have no necessity. My only business is to serve Krishna.” So he’s happy in all conditions.

—Srila Prabhupada, talk on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.6–7, June 8, 1975, Honolulu

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

Don't Shut Down My Feet

They can shut down the accessory stores, the banks, the taverns, the offices and the factories, what of the schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, libraries, and only keep open the essential shops.  But don't shut down the feet and legs.  They are just too precious.  We need to move around.

It was so encouraging to once again see so many people on the walking trails, by the water and creek this time.  Walking: it's so inestimable and beneficial—beyond compare.  Parents are attune to that.  Here at Evergreen Brickworks, moms and dads have their kids off the leash, freely moving about.  After all, who in the three worlds could harness such youthful energy within the four walls of the house.  It is March Break and students are off school now, for several days, and perhaps some additional ones due to corona virus.  Giving them an open field, and in this case, ponds and trails, is a treat.

When you hear one kid say to another, "Hey, look at this!" (I was hearing it from a distance) you know that this is one of those iconic mantras which identifies childhood.  It hints at exploration, excitement and adventure.

One more item I would like to share that came out of this morning's Bhagavatam reading.  The passage is from the purport of Canto 10: Ch. 81, Text 13, and expresses that God walks.  According to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura… “Sri Krsna accompanied Sudama on the road for a short distance and finally parted with the brahmana after bowing down to him and speaking some respectful words."

May the Source be with you!
5 km. 


Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Hamilton, Ontario

Can’t Be All That Bad

As the sun was stretching it’s rays toward the east at late afternoon, I passed by several pedestrians, all having something to say, except for one, who whistled.

One woman, to another, said, “ It’s St. Patrick’s Day, isn’t it?“

As an elderly man with his walking dog looked up at me—after bystanders looked at his pet—and addressed me with a smile, he said, “It’s spring I think.“

“Perhaps,“ I concurred with a mutually hopeful tone.

Down along Designers Lane, I could see a young woman leaning from her three-storey balcony (like a setting from Romeo and Juliet) yelling to her friend at the street level below, “Crazy times, huh!“ For sure she was referring to the virus scare, the shut-downs, emergency hype in the air.

And, of course, there was the guy whistling a happy tune as he walked into the sun’s rays. Whistling is kind of a guy’s thing. In some cultures, whistling is a bad omen attracting evil or ghosts. I don’t think that was this person‘s intent.

It was a good stroll overall, in the late afternoon, happening after a quick in-and-out drive to Hamilton to see my old friend, Visvakarma, who was instrumental in bringing me to my spiritual path.  Jivan Mukta from Toronto drove us to St. Clair Boulevard. Traffic was swift. Roads are more clear. Yes, indeed, businesses are down. The times are crazy, but when you see an abundance of people going around on foot, well, it can’t be all that bad.

May the Source be with you!
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Something Good Will Come

One of the most benevolent of functions is to plan and organize a kirtan, especially in tough times.  Kirtan is, in many ways, another word for ‘healing’, a nourishment for the soul.

Billy and I were talking. Billy is the kirtanenthusiast who runs the ‘Temple Groove’ every alternate Sunday morning. Since indoor social closeness is currently discouraged in favour of social distancing, I suggested to Billy, “Why not bring your Temple Groove group to a park for kirtanfor healing purposes. Everyone is in fear of the coronavirus. Let’s challenge the fear that has arisen in people.“

So Billy and I settled on Friday afternoon for a kirtanat Bellevue Square Park in Kensington Market. He will invite friends. Corrado and I will be there. The temperature will be mild at 13 or 14°C. It allows us time to plan.  People can bring their instruments, their lungs, their eagerness. We will sing from the heart. We will do something grassroots.

It really all came as an idea when I was walking with Corrado this afternoon. I was feeling that more could be done to address what—in the minds of some people—is an apocalypse.

Let’s fear less. Do more.

We walked in loops through the residential streets, putting in time for our daily walk. I believe Corrado lost his bearings. We didn’t follow the grid. If anything, we meandered in circles, which in my experience, lends itself to deeper thought.  It’s like churning. Something good will surface—an idea. It reminds me of the story of the Milk Ocean’s churning. Many auspicious treasures surfaced from the circular and back-and-forth motion. Yogurt becomes butter when you churn it. Anyway, kirtan! Here we come!    https://www.instagram.com/p/B92rJf7AOOE/?igshid=yugaqdadgv33

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Freedom from the grip of kali
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6)

We may think that we are free because we are making our own choices according to our own liking. But what we fail to see is that when we are not following the four regulative principles closely, we are actually in the grip of kali. This is why Srila Prabhupada formalised the four regulative principles. Pānaṁ (intoxication), dyūtam (gambling), striyaṁ (illicit sex) and śunām (meat eating) are all mentioned as the four types of adharma (irreligion). Therefore, Prabhupada pointed out that we must follow the four regulative principles because otherwise, we are not actually in control of our own mind, but kali will be in control of our mind. 

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Srila Prabhupada Took Pain to Translate—We Should Take Advantage
Giriraj Swami

We have got Krishna; we have got spiritual master; we have got books, Bhagavata and Gita. Now let us take advantage of it. We have taken much pain to translate these transcendental literatures into English so that you can understand. We have got fifty books. So take advantage. It is not meant for the cats and dogs. It is meant for the human beings. Not a particular class or nation. No. It is meant for all human beings. So take advantage of this knowledge, understand the philosophy of life, that “I am eternal.”

—Srila Prabhupada, talk on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.1, May 21, 1975, Melbourne