Trees Please by Bhaktimarga Swami

Bay Street is the place where many lawyers have set up office.  That might conjure up uneasy feelings for some people who venture that way on foot.  Being that simple monk that I aspire to be, I have little to do with legal affairs and not much need to venture down this street.  It’s definitely not my first choice to come to.  The place is rather bland from an optical perspective.  Perhaps the city is trying to change that.  They’re doing it with some green.  Yes, trees please?
On a strip of this thruway you now have a few welcoming trees and along with them some plaques to support their presents.
“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”  Hal Borland

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.”  Chinese Proverb
“Between a human and a tree is the breath.  We are each other’s air.”  Homage to the Ancient Celts
“Our best friend on earth is the tree.  When we use it respectfully, we have one of the greatest resources on earth.”  Frank Lloyd Wright
My walking partner, Nimai Nitai, and I were appreciating the newly planted friends although they have a way to go before they reach their splendorous self, but that’s okay.  “It’s just now coming,” is a common saying in English-speaking India.
My favourite line from Chaitanya’s verses is “one should be tolerant like a tree.”  In that regard they are our gurus.
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