Vira Krishna is a teacher at Edmonton University, who moved here from Brazil with his wife and daughter. What a brahmin he is. He carries himself as such and even has his brahmin thread hanging to the right from under his sweater.
When we use that term, brahmin, it could come across as ambiguous. Many stories to do with brahmins in the Vedas portray this class of people as proud, easily angered and ambitious. Then there is an opposite version of the brahminical group depicting them as caring, learned, visionary, etc.
I would say the latter is a more accurate description of our dear Vira, who also claims to be an avid walker.
“You’re my kind of person, Vira,” I said, referring to his brahminical side, which I admire as much as his ‘pedestrianism’.
Vira, with family, and a host of other community bhakti-yogi members came to hear about the topic of change. ‘Change’ is mentioned in the Gita in connection with reincarnation, whereby the soul alters his/her body. You change your bodies within one lifetime (2.13) just as you would go to your wardrobe and change your clothing.
We went on to discuss with the group that it is a selection choice. You determine your own destiny through your desire.
It was a very focused audience, largely due to the fact there were fewer kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love children.
May the Source be with you!