Under the Mango Tree by Bhaktimarga Swami


The anniversary of the great dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. The anchor person to this sublime conversation is someone by the name of Sanjaya, who is quite in a blissful state when relating it to the blind king, Dhrtarastra. Here’s how he felt in Sanskrit:

rajan samsmrtya samsmrtya

samvadam imam adbhutam

keshavarjunayoh punyam

hrsyami ca muhur muhuh

“Oh, King, as I repeatedly recall this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, I take pleasure, being thrilled at every moment.”

I was also thrilled (in a lesser capacity, given my fallen nature) in delivery to a group of attentive adults, under a mango tree, a nutshell version of the conversation that many scholars know so well as the Bhagavad-Gita, the message of the universe about holding on to duty and surrendering to the will of a greater world; that which is beyond my own.

This majestic mango tree is located in the backyard of Jose, a generous man of Rodas, who is lending his home to the public as a reading room for the publications of Prabhupada. It was Prabhupada who brought the abovementioned conversation, so revered, to the western world. Grateful we are to him and to Laksminath, a local Vaishnavi, who took our visit as the gesture of an inauguration of the reading room. Laksminath also arrange for the children in the neighborhood to display the drama of Krishna saving his cowherd friends from the monstrous python, Agasura. And that splendid little dramatic piece was also done under the mango tree. Innocent kids! Charming!

Source: http://thewalkingmonk.blogspot.com/2022/12/saturday-december-3-2022.html

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