At that time, I was living for six months of the year (October
–April) in a village in southern France near Toulouse, and the other half of
the year in Montreal, Canada. Laurie lived in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
where travel was common but mountain passes prevented a ‘normal’ drive
especially in winter. Despite our individual efforts, we hadn’t been able up to
that point to find satsang partners.
As the week progressed, we questioned why we couldn’t Skype
and share satsang between the two of us. On the last day of the retreat, we
decided, and made the commitment to give it a try. And so, our journey began
and we have held a satsang every two weeks, with some exceptions extending to three
weeks but rarely to four.
Time changes were one challenge on both our ends. Either
Laurie was up at dark o’clock in the morning or I was staying up well past my
bedtime. But, we adapted well to these minor inconveniences and started with
Volume 1 of The Bhagavad Gita for Daily
Living. We would read a paragraph and then paraphrase it and then comment
upon it. Usually we spoke for about an hour (or more) and went through one or
two verses. We went off on examples of our daily living ourselves and found the
richness in the text as well as the discussions that brought us to places we
might never have encountered without our dedication.