Dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
A Spark Of My Splendor
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Last Friday Sunil Mohan das from Durban invited me on a trip up north, close to the border with Mozambique.
“It’s some of the best scenery in all of South Africa,” he said.
“And you’ll see a lot of natural wildlife,” said Swarup Damodar das.
Seeing me hesitate, Swarup Damodar quoted Bhagavad Gita:
yad yad vibhutimat sattvam
srimad urjitam eva va
tat tad evavagaccha tvam
“Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” [ Bhagavad Gita, 10.41 ]
“OK,” I said. “I’m convinced.”
As I started to pack my bags Sunil Mohan continued, “We’ll also visit a Zulu village, where, for the most part, they maintain their traditional culture. They live much like their forefathers did hundreds of years ago.”
“Really?” I said.
“Yes” he said. “You can discuss Krsna consciousness with them. I was there before. They told me that originally Zulus were mostly vegetarian. They only ate meat once or twice a year. And their offerings to God, whom they call Unkulunkulu, were strictly vegetarian. Unkulunkula can be translated in several ways, one of which means, ‘He who owns the most cows.’”
“Sounds good.” I said. “We’ll take some of Srila Prabhupada’s books in the Zulu language with us.”
“But one thing before we go,” Swarup Damodar cautioned, “There’s a lot of Malaria and Tick Bite Fever up there. We need to be extra careful. We’ll have to use plenty of insect repellent.”
“And pray hard to Unkulunkula!” I said with a smile as we all walked out the door, bound for the northern territories.
Krishna’s glance revived the cowherd boys and the cows who had died after drinking the waters of Yamuna poisoned by Kaliya. The spiritual master similarly revives us to a real life, the life of Krishna consciousness.