Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

Next To My Room

Next to my room at 243 Avenue Road is another room where sanghas (gatherings) are held and where our guru, Srila Prabhupada, had met guests in 1976.  In front of the arched window is a divinely carved image of Krishna made out of wood. 

It is there for us to remember Him.  This is His roopa—form.  Krishna is God.  He’s a person referred to often as the Supreme Personality.  Look at Him and you will feel someone is next to you—someone who is soft on the heart.  His pose is like one holding a flute, making Him musical.  It also implies He can move and dance.  His form is well shaped.

My dear friend, Vaisheshika from California said, “It’s a great image to chant gayatri to.”  Gayatri is a group of mantras chanted at dawn, noon and dusk; prominent times for meditation on the Divine.

In another tradition it is sometimes said that one should not worship strange images.

Krishna is not strange.  Get to know Him.  He also walks.  Is a car strange?  Is your apartment strange?  Your partner?  No!  We just get familiar with what in the beginning is strange.

In this wooden image, Krishna is smiling.  We can also smile because the image seems to be telling us to do so.

I’m glad to have this image next to my room.  I pass by it several times a day.  I'm blessed.

May the Source be with you!

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