San Jose, California — Tuesday, October 7th

Prasadam revisited

I fly to India this weekend. All the travel documents that I require are now up to date, I have Srila Gurudeva's permission, and I have a confirmed booking for my flight. Do you know what I am most looking forward to while I am with Srila Gurudeva?

The prasadam!

No, I am not being greedy... :)  I have been away from Srila Gurudeva for too long; I want to again partake of the prasadam that I alluded to in my Guru Prasad blog:

...It is good to get back to the simple fare that Srila Gurudeva is eating here at the Srila Sridhar Swami Sevashram in Dasbisa, Govardhan: rice, dahl, subji, chapatis, and sweet rice.

It is good to get back to the simple philosophy that Srila Gurudeva is living by, here at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: humility, tolerance and respect for others.

Others may be eating so many wonderful things, but we are not interested in that: we are interested only in guru-prasad — the remnants of Srila Gurudeva.

Others may savor so many alternative, extravagant ideas, but we have no taste for that: we only want guru's grace — to follow the advice that Srila Gurudeva gives us.

If Gurudeva is taking alu-baja and chapatis, then that is all we want. We have not come to eat nice things; we have come for Srila Gurudeva's mercy.

Indeed, whatever we receive from the lotus mouth of our gurudeva (guru-mukha-padma-vakya) is so fully satisfying (cittete koriya aikya) that we are not charmed by anything else (ara na koriho mane asa). We have not come to be entertained by Srila Gurudeva; we have come to try to attract His Divine Grace, through service.

What Srila Gurudeva is giving is fully satisfying and relishable, and we are constantly nourished by that.

Srila Gurudeva's message is fully satisfying and relishable, and — when we have his direct association — we are constantly nourished by that.

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