Plaque and Statues
With pride, I read the newly installed plaque, at the recently renovated square, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There is a history of Krishna devotees distributing great lunches here for decades. The operation still goes on, with energetic enthusiasm, to this day.
With an image-relief of the Hare Krishna founder embossed on it, the plaque reads, “Krishna Lunch: On July 29th, 1972, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, addressed students here and inspired them to start Krishna Lunch. Since then the Lunch has nourished the UF community with millions of vegetarian meals. In 2017, Krishna Lunch and its alumni contributed toward the renovation of the Plaza.”
It was only yesterday morning that we strolled our way to the plaza to have a look. I came back to Toronto just in time for a mini-installment of three gorgeous brass figurines to complete a permanent display of Das Avatars, that is ten incarnations or avatars. They sit down on a unique wooden platform, which is actually the base of the bed slept on by Prabhupada when he visited us in June of 1976.
It is a stunning exhibit, really, located in what’s called Prabhupada’s quarters, a room with a wall that separates my room from his. It’s a blessing to live in this area of our building.
My last message is about my lack of walking today. I did, practically, a sprint down the endless corridor of the Miami Airport, but that was about it. However, the equivalent to walking was a massage and meaningful leg stretches by Gopal, who also resides in our ashram in Toronto. He did splendidly.
May the Source be with you!