Durban, South Africa
By the Pond
Some of the attendees at the upcoming festival this weekend come from other places. Apart from my own Canadian origins, there are two chaps from Mauritius and a larger number from Pretoria. The floodgates of fans for Jagannath (the wooden image of Krishna) are opening for swamis, families, and folks from other parts of Africa and abroad.
We early birds, with destination Durban’s Ratha Yatra fest, took advantage by forming a japa party and circling the famous temple here. A clear demarcated sidewalk is there for the using. It carries features of a normal sidewalk with some cracks and puddles and a population of frogs that cross it.
A fish pond, or moat (as some people call it), is home to colourful koi. After seeing them swim next to our sidewalk we decided to go for a ‘relaxer’ and dip our white, brown and black feet into the water with the koi. They were not the least bit interested in nibbling our toes. The guppies were more bold and curious than their larger counterparts.
I did have the pleasure to speak from the Srimad Bhagavatam book, Canto 2, Chapter 8, Text 3. There is a dialogue between a king and a sage and stress is put on hearing what is sacred. Only then can freedom from materially induced habits take place. Start with listening. We all should try to make the effort toward divinity.
May the Source be with you!