October was another good month here at Pandavas Paradise. The rains came, the flowers bloomed, and our garden provided many delicious items for offering to our beautiful deities of Sri Yoga Nrsimha and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.
In our modern society, people struggle to enjoy the complicated and unsatisfying fruits of the industrial food industry, filled with added artificial flavourings, contaminated by pesticides, and packaged in non-biodegradable plastic. Meanwhile, with just a little effort our simple organic garden gives great rewards. One of the greatest satisfactions in life is to eat fresh, healthy foods from your own garden. Even more satisfying is to understand that this food has been provided by God himself through his natural arrangements in this world, and to offer it to God with love before we eat.
This month’s tasty offerings included
as well as bananas, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, and many varieties of herbs.
Our altar decorations included
Plumeria/frangipani (these are the pink ones, but we also have the white/yellow ones):
Our night Jasmine was also in bloom and would fill the temple with its intoxicating fragrance during our evening arati.
We weren’t the only ones enjoying the opulence of nature. One day I got caught in the rain, and sheltered by one of our guesthouse buildings. The rain brought out the insects, and the birds swept through the air catching the insects to eat. This reminded me of how Krishna provides for everyone, even the birds.
Here is a related verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam, along with Srila Prabhupada’s very relevant purport:
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is worshiped by the great demigods, controllers of universal affairs. When He is satisfied, nothing is impossible to achieve. For this reason all the demigods, presiding deities of different planets, as well as the inhabitants of their planets, take great pleasure in offering all kinds of paraphernalia for His worship.
All Vedic civilization is summarized in this verse: all living entities, either on this planet or on other planets, have to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead by their respective duties. When He is satisfied, all necessities of life are automatically supplied. In the Vedas it is also stated: eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman (Katha Upanisad 2.2.13). From the Vedas we understand that He is supplying everyone’s necessities, and we can actually see that the lower animals, the birds and the bees, have no business or profession, yet they are not dying for want of food. They are all living in nature’s way, and they all have the necessities of life provided — namely eating, sleeping, mating and defending.
Human society, however, has artificially created a type of civilization which makes one forgetful of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Modern society even enables one to forget the Supreme Personality of Godhead’s grace and mercy. Consequently modern civilized man is always unhappy and in need of things. People do not know that the ultimate goal of life is to approach Lord Visnu and satisfy Him. They have taken this materialistic way of life as everything and have become captivated by materialistic activities. Indeed, their leaders are always encouraging them to follow this path, and the general populace, being ignorant of the laws of God, are following their blind leaders down the path of unhappiness. In order to rectify this world situation, all people should be trained in Krsna consciousness and act in accordance with the varnasrama system. The state should also see that the people are engaged in satisfying the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the primary duty of the state. The Krsna consciousness movement was started to convince the general populace to adopt the best process by which to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus solve all problems.