Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Profound Answer

Three days ago on the beach in Tampico, Krishna Kirtan and I took it upon ourselves to dress the Bus Tour Gaura Nitai deities. So I rolled out a sarong on the sand and we unfolded all of Their jewellry and clothes.

The warm yellow afternoon surrounded us, and the sea breeze brushed the air. We fell into a companionable pujari rhythm. Kirtan is fifteen, quiet and deep, and our rapport echoes much of older sister - younger brother.

Halfway through our service, I asked one of my hypothetical questions.

"Kirtan, if you were to die tomorrow, and you could go to one place anywhere in the world for your last day, where would you go?"

In his detached way, Kirtan shrugged. "I don't know," He continued to search through bracelets.

"Oh come on, Kirtan, just answer,"

"I don't know, why does this matter?"

"Come on," I cajoled, "The value of my question is that you consider what is important to you, and what you value in life. Just consider my question,"

Kirtan was quiet, and we resumed our puja to Gaura Nitai. And then, in his nonchalant, profound way, he said, "I would go somewhere where I would cry."

I froze and turned to look at him. "Cry?"

"Well, cry with love. For God."

I was quiet for long moments. His answer rung in my mind. Then I said softly, "Thank you, Kirtan, that is a beautiful answer."

He tilted his head and smiled a little, and continued with his service.


Jaya Vijaya said...

Hare Krsna Bhakti-lata...

Nice talking with you and thanks again for your blog. Truly appreciate the updates on the Mexican Tour and your realizations. You're fortunate being able to travel with devotees and share hari-nama-sankirtana with so many others.

Please take care and enjoy the tour.

Jai Sri Radhe!

jaya vijaya

Ravinjay Kuckreja said...

Hare Krsna!

This is wonderful!

Rain-drop said...

What a beautiful answer. Jai Sri Krishna! Jai Krishna seva!

Thank you for sharing.

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