The Form of Service
The ground was under my feet, from about 11,000 metres up in the air. It was farewell to Spain for now, after a week of classes, meetings, walking, and fun. I want to thank all those good souls who looked after me while I was at Vraja Mandala, the farm community outside Madrid, and the group who manage Hare Krishna Centro in the downtown district.
I claim no physical kilometres today, only those in the dream state in planning a 15 km trek through some ravines, along an actual loop which begins from our ISKCON Centre on Avenue Road. It will be a good bonding experience and, who knows, it is great exposure for those of us whom we meet on the trails. The walking and the chanting does tremendous good. It is a form of service.
While waiting for Flight 837—Air Canada’s aircraft—to arrive, I read from the Gitaa special segment from purport 10.11:
“Due to the contamination of material association, through many, many millions of births, one’s heart is always covered with the dust of materialism, but when one engages in devotional service and constantly chants Hare Kṛṣṇa, the dust quickly clears, and one is elevated to the platform of pure knowledge. The ultimate goal, Viṣṇu, can be attained only by this chant and by devotional service, and not by mental speculation or argument.”
The above verse, the two prior, and the one following 10.11, are four key verses, and their purports are major information capsules for material relief.
May the Source be with you!