| Dear Blog Reader
And suddenly.. we have a farm! And a pond.. and cows?! It’s been 3 years now that we’ve had an active conversation in our community around having some land in a rural setting. The benefits are many and include a deeper connection to Mother Earth, the security that comes from personal food production and most of all, more opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada’s vision for Lord Caitanya’s movement. All these elements will be discussed and developed much more in the future so I won’t say more about them here.
What I’d like to instead draw our attention to is the importance of desire in spiritual life. Krishna says in 4.11 of Bhagavad-Gita that He’s giving each of us exactly what we want, always. Now that may be tough to hear when we’re experiencing the many pains of this world. After all, who among us has ever prayed to suffer? But He explains further in Bhagavatam 3.30.5 that we are actually attached to our difficult condition and in a perverted way find happiness in the hell of conditioned habits.
What does this have to do with our new farm? For many of us in the community, the possibility of a farm has represented one of the final pieces of the material puzzle needed to make a Krishna Conscious picture of life. With land and cows we would be engaging with one another on a, literally, down to earth level and so we sensed the implications: we’d need to go deeper with each other than we ever have if Krishna was going to let that happen.
Now, as he often does, Krishna has called our bluff by giving us all the chips! By putting this beautiful 10 acres in our lap He’s saying, ‘Oh yeah.. community huh?! Let’s see..’
So let’s show.. let’s sow and reap from the engagement available on this land not just the fruits of trees and vines.. but of love and trust and practical interdependent relationships. Let us allow the excitement and opportunity this resource offers, to give us the momentum we’ve needed personally, to break out of old ways and tired habits that no longer (if they ever did) serve us.
Deva Madhava das