Thursday With a Friend
Ahhh! Thursday. I think it’s a day people look forward to. Why? In the West–maybe limited to North America–is Thursday, perhaps, special? Well, the stores are open later on Thursday and people seem to like shopping. And with Christmas and all, I could see a kind of frenzy this night on my walk.
Also, Thursday means nearing the week’s end and approaching the parties and outings. Spirits are lifted. Compare it to Monday morning—what a contrast!
There is this gentleman who has routinely come for darshan (deity viewing) at the temple, for years, and just before I left the building for my walk, I saw him enter. “Oh I know what day of the week it is!” I said, and we had a good chuckle.
I received a call today–again about Thursday–that was just before I met “Mr. Thursday,” (the Lord knows I can’t remember his name) and on that call I was asked, “Maharaja, is it true that your guru, Prabhupada, never liked to travel on Thursdays?” and I confirmed it was true, so if he had to be on a voyage he would pack and have his luggage set and ready to go a day prior as if to be leaving not on the Thursday. Whether it was an old family practice, I’m not certain, but I’m going to find out.
Lastly, on this Thursday evening, I did dare the dark, but not so dark—city and Christmas lights were lit.
I like Helen Keller’s statement about walking in the dark. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
With me was God, Paramatma, on this night.
May the Source be with you!