| Dear Blog Reader
I’ve thrown up on two separate Janmastamis (Krishna’s appearance day) with no sickness before or after. Nothing but the intensity of the day gave my innards a little more than they could handle. But I remember beaming with a smile after both incidences. It felt more like I’d graduated from college than gotten sick to my stomach.
Tomorrow, with Balarama’s appearance day.. we begin festival season. It’s a joyous time of year for sure and yet it’s a different kind of pleasure we’re seeking as bhaktas and it’s always helpful to have a reminder of that in this world of eat drink and be merry morality.
Our pleasure is actually the pleasure of Krishna.. when He and His representatives are happy, we are happy automatically. And luckily They’re very eager to see us happy, but right now, They know that it means we need some purification.. we’ve gotta be cleaned off before we can really see and be our true selves. A party might not have the same ring to it when ‘purification’ is the theme; but that’s only if we are still confused about where real happiness comes from.
Deva Madhava das