Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Gaura, my godbrother, and I shared a message with our weekend beach crew on the birth of
how the stars and planets lined up in such a way as to challenge regular
orbital movement. As we spoke to our listeners, the waves from the lake’s water
were lapping next to us.
We had set a picture of our guru, Srila Prabhupada, on a piece of driftwood and fixed it in such a way that it was held by spiralled broken branches. We were under good shade from a tree. But for a branch that hung over us with the silky webs of the tent caterpillar, all was perfect. It was our last hour of water and beach fun before rushing back for duty in the city.
Duty for me was connecting with the congregation in
delivering a talk on how valuable it is to make a spiritual link through texts
of Vedic origin. Before speaking, I spent a few minutes viewing, reviewing, and
renewing my memory on chapter 7 of the Gita. Then I came upon verse 17.
Therein, Toronto Krishna speaks of the importance of
knowledge acquaintance. This includes knowing your true identity. After all,
“Who am I?” is a question to be answered.
It is said that when you have endeavoured, even for lifetimes, to attempt to know the truth, eventually answers do come. Then the spiritual path becomes relatively easy. It also becomes so much more second nature to serve others devotionally when you have wisdom in your DNA or in your blood as a result of background endeavours.
After I spoke, several people came forward with their curiosities. One man asked, “Is
or is He symbolic?” Fair question.
“Yes, He is real, and He can be understood as one who lives in His own abode. He is also known as the witness in the heart, and is the essence of nature.”
The man seemed content. “Thank you”, he said.
May the Source be with you!