When the Breeze of Bhakti Blows
It can become difficult to breath in between sugar cane fields. It was such a relief to come upon a harvested, cleared-away crop, where the wind could breeze through. It also helped being on and elevated part of the land. A cool ventilation became our reality when this morning’s group reached the highest plateau. Ahhh! So nice!
The group – twenty members of the Vedic Cultural Centre in Flacq – invited us to their guru puja, the ceremony to honour the guru, Srila Prabhupada. That was followed by a class I was asked to give on the subject of “the rarity of devotion.” It's an intriguing topic and one that receives apparent contradictions. The Vedic literatures claim that bhakti (devotion) is hard to come by. Still we hear statements in the Gita where
Krishna expresses that many, many people have become
purified by knowledge of the Absolute.
One thing I can say for certain is that there was no shortage of devotion in the performance of our youth group this evening. Those “stiff, ironing-board” volunteers I spoke of earlier (no derogatory intent there) really loosened up in the drama “
My purpose in devoting so much time to the youth wherever I go is to infuse in them a bhakti experience as well as to empower them as team-playing, future leaders.
It's an attempt at succession planning.
May the source be with you!