A Spark of a Spark

Today as I cleaned up the kitchen I reached into the cinnamon jar and took a small stick to chew on. That small stick led to a deep appreciation of a spark of a spark of Krsna’s splendor. It took me back to the very first time I tasted cinnamon bark. We had gone to the well to fetch water for the night and by the well was a cinnamon tree. Of course I had tasted cinnamon in pies and other cooking, but tropical Liberia has a way of giving you a fresh experience of certain things. Why the well? It was in the middle of a civil war and so running water was cut off in some places. My friend pulled off some of the bark and chewed on it and beckoned me to do the same. Ah! The fresh taste running through those strands. A certain eagerness grew from then on to go to the well and get water; for an 11 year old to do chores so eagerly, cinnamon must be powerful.
Back in the kitchen today, with a little more knowledge on living entities and the different modes of nature, I could taste Bhagavad Gita in action. Each embodied soul has to express personality somehow or other. Some plants live in defense with thorns all around, some graciously spread their limbs with drooping fruits and shade ( and a place for young minds to climb and view the world), some give fragrant flowers, others, spicy presentations, etc. Each embodied being can exchange a type of rasa with others, yet, as Srimad Bhagavatam explains, deep rasas can truly be exchanged by members of the same species.
I can only marvel and bring it all back home to Srila Prabhupada for giving us a tour of Krsna’s splendor through his deep purports. These purports are available to anyone who is willing to step out of his every day, and waltz into Everland, where all water is nectar, every word is a song, every step a dance and all the spiritual entities are enjoyable and full of blissful mellows…


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Vaisnava monk focused on teaching and preserving the rich Vedic literatures and cultures left by previous Spiritual Masters.
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