Appreciating The Blessings of Nature

PhotobucketMy wife and I “own” four acres of land (the bank thinks they own it, though it really belongs to Krishna) in the foothills of North Carolina. It is near to Hanging Rock State Park (one hour north of Winston-Salem).

This country area is quite beautiful, the peaceful environment conducive for spiritual practice. After living in the suburbs of Baltimore for 14 years, an unbelievable opulence is having all spiritually minded devotee neighbors.

Sometimes I go down to the bottom of our land and chant, read or just commune with nature. Here is a poem I wrote during one such occasion:


Idyllic spot at
the bottom of our land;
sitting by the creek hearing
the sounds of wind and birds.

The deep and light green
of the forest,
the rich smell of earth
after days of rain.

Coming here nourishes an
unused part of me,
my intuitive nature and
need to commune with the earth.

Even though this land
was cleared many years ago,
still many large trees remain
which give joy to my psyche.

These large old growth trees
are “real trees” to me,
which are priceless being
here hundreds of years.

I come here occasionally
if I have chanting on
my beads (japa) to do at midday
and I have the extra time.

I day dream of making
a secret discovery of treasure,
finding a clue to Vedic culture,
or talking to nature spirits.

I am always at the center
of my wandering mind,
very far from being absorbed
in Krishna’s pastimes (lila).

I, me, and mine
are still often my focus,
the enjoying propensity,
secondarily offering it to Krishna.

Something is better than nothing
yet the goal of chanting
is to love Krishna, free from false ego
and identify his purpose as my own.

At present I can only
read about or pray to obtain it,
while I honestly feel it will be lifetimes
to revive my eternal serving nature.

As I write flies
buzz around my head,
and the light frequently changes
as the sun goes behind clouds.

I am grateful that Krishna has
provided me such a beautiful place
to chant, write, pray, and think
how merciful God is to me!


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