Monday, March 27th, 2017
Stick to Walking
I’ll stick to walking, I thought, when I saw this one devotee climb his way up the coconut tree.
Prabhupada Krpa is a Cuban-born bachelor who is quite the committed follower of Krishna. He’s lanky, thin and agile. It’s a cinch for him to get up a tree, grab a coconut, toss it down and then, with grace, shimmy his way down the tree trunk; all that, while in a dhoti—and with a smile. He’s got the body for it.
He can climb any tree. I’ve seen it. He will tackle the tall, erect ones, or even a very bent over one. Coconut water is one of the best ways of quenching a thirst. It’s a super hydration food. It’s nutritious but low in purine content. They are the best of the nuts.
Whenever I come to Miami, Prabhupada Krpa, who knows my liking for these organic pieces of circular wonder, offers to fetch one for me. I prefer the younger green ones.
The coconut tree is not plentiful on the ISKCON plot of land off Virginia Street in Coconut Grove, but they do cast a certain amount of shade. There’s at least one large mango tree on the property, but I’m not usually here during mango season in the summer to enjoy it. I usually stay clear of visits to Florida at that time. It’s too hot and humid.
I know that a monk should be ready to take to any form of austerity, but I find I’m less productive under such circumstances. It’s great to be in Canada at that time of year. You’re not sluggish. One thing about being a monastic is that you are also obliged to use your good sense.
May the Source be with you!