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The Magic of Spring (April 2012)

A little while ago the daughter of one of my disciples asked me, “Can you show me Krishna?” I replied, “Not now my dear child, please wait for just five weeks.”

Today I took the little girl by the hand and showed her a tree. “Look”, I said. “There is Krishna. Can you see the blossoms and the tiny green leaves which are unfurling? Krishna says in the Gita ‘I am the flower bearing spring.’ That is Krishna, working the miracles in nature and it is those miracles which glorify Krishna.”

“Do you understand?”

The little girl nodded and then ran away to show her mother, “Mother, mother, I saw Krishna!”

Spring, for me, is a magical time. Today I was walking in the forest and I saw a lonely cherry tree blossoming amongst the cedar trees. He looked like a talented flute player, playing amongst camels that had not an ounce of appreciation. He was the only tree in full blossom amongst dark trees that did not show any like mindedness. But he had an audience. That audience was Our Sweet Lord. Bhakti is similar to spring. It is the power of the Lord which enters an individual to give pleasure to the Lord.

When I left the forest, I felt so enriched by the lesson of that lonely cherry tree in full blossom. Let me also open my heart fully to the mercy of my Lord even if the whole world remains silent.

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