Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Being the birthday boy for the day, I reflected on the greatest contributor to invest in my life. I shared an excerpt from Joshua Greene’s book on the biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, entitled Swami in a Strange Land with the attendees that came to the party.
“The scaffolding of metal bars and bamboo poles spiraled 200 feet into a moonlit sky. Soon the Victoria Memorial—Britain’s architectural declaration of dominance over India—would be finished in white marble, and the cobwebs of supports would be dismantled. Before that happened, sixteen-year-old Abhay Charan could not resist scaling it to the top.
Streets were quiet at this late hour. Do Not Enter signs lined the construction site, but rules had never held Abhay back before. He ducked under the barricade, climbed the crisscrosses of beams hand over hand, reached the wood-planked summit and stared out over the city to the Hooghly River, a tributary of the mighty Ganges. The Hooghly’s tides ran rapidly, sometimes producing head waves that capsized small boats.
From atop the Victoria Memorial he watched the Hooghly’s tides flow swiftly out of the city, down to the Bay of Bengal and beyond to Europe and America…
It would take more than fifty years before Abhay set sail across those waters. He was not impatient. For now, India was in trouble. His own people needed him. He climbed down from the scaffolding, waves crashing in the distance, and headed home, back to school and family and the tumult of a nation awakening to an uncertain future.”
This was inspiring for all to hear.
May the Source be with you!