Sterling Heights, Michigan
What Is Genuine?
“Hey, do you guys want to distinguish reality from illusion, big time?” is what I said to Hayagriva and Marshall. The phrase about “reality and illusion” may sound as a reference from the book Bhagavatam—the first verse. What I was actually half-joking about was something more to do with the truth behind taste—real taste or flavour that’s organic and not GMO. While we were parked at an abandoned lot off of I-80 for a break, I pointed at two apple trees, one a red delicious breed and the other, a golden delicious.
“Go and try some of these fruits, far removed from the artificial flavours at the grocery store.” There was a slight hesitation before they moved zealously in the direction of the discovered apple trees, but once they went for the pick and the bite, they understood what I was talking about. The experience of taking an apple locally-grown and free of pesticides is a taste worth experiencing—a genuine explosion of joy.
My team agreed with me that real flavour is what’s missing in our food today. https://instagram.com/p/BZTi5bDlpxt/
It was an energy boost. We carried on driving. And what a drive it was, starting from Omaha, Nebraska, en route to Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and finally Michigan. We embarked upon our destination for an evening program at Ypsilanti. I see new people here, Carl and Radha who are new-residents in the house called “Harmony Collective.” For my talk some young folks came for the first time—Meena and Josh. I wish them well in their spiritual endeavours. I hope they return for more of the genuine experience of hearing and chanting.
Vivasvan and Ananda Rupa invited us to their home for a rest. They still have the Ganesh deity that we found in the bottom of a lake in Massachusetts when commencing this U.S. walk.
May the Source be with you!