Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rockin' It!

August 18, 2016. Woke up this morning in my travel hostel bed in San Francisco, Larkin & Ellis in the tenderloin.  Before moving, began chanting Krishna's maha mantram:  Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.  Not allowing random discursive thoughts to appear, instead only the maha mantram being repeated.  

Following morning ablutions, went to the coin laundry mat recommended by the front desk, put in a load, returned to Hostelling International for the complimentary breakfast, returned to the laundry mat to load the dryer, finished, folded the happy, clean clothes, went back to my room and put everything away.  You might ask: "So what?"  I might respond: "Continuous chanting of the maha mantram changes a forgettable mundane experience into an ongoing mystical reality."

     Checked emails and discovered that my dental appointment has been moved up, due to a cancellation, to tomorrow morning for a crown replacement.  This changes everything, in terms of how long I need to be in San Francisco, or how I might be here; staying at travel hostels, or month to month at an inn, or maybe leaving the city for an unknown destination.  Instead of dwelling on this, continuous chanting.  Instead of worrying about the unknown, continuous chanting.

     Mailed friends in Honolulu a gift package for the newly designated meditation room at The Plumeria travelers hostel.  Picked out a groovy design gift box at Rincon Annex post office.  Got back on BART and went to Oakland's The Buttercup for a Spanish omelet and an English muffin.  Coffee.  Sat at the counter and watched the confusing news report on a big high definition flat screen.  No wonder I've called for a boycott of the 2016 American presidential election in the name of "Earth First!".  Continuing to chant the maha mantram while eating breakfast and attempting to make sense of the televised news.

     Went to Berkeley to check my post office mail today.  Am now at the Berkeley Public Library on a public computer composing this message, (silently) chanting Krishna's maha mantram, remaining spiritually centered in the fourth dimension, not caring where I go and not having to do anything that is pressing in the third dimension.

     I invite all creative radical individuals who are aware of the paradigm shift happening on the earth plane to contact me.  What would you do in this world if you knew that you could not fail?

Craig Louis Stehr

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