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Uncovering the Blue Flute Player from the “Blues”

Thursday, 12 February 2009 / Published in Poetry / 2,402 views

Karnamrita das:
My material life’s ideals—
to be happy and fulfilled
by meaningful,
loving relationships,
useful work
complementing my nature
helpful to others,
making a difference in the world.

This wisdom took long
to realize and digest,
the normal material direction
of a young person
didn’t appeal,
my soul was yearning
for more than matter
could afford me.

My past lives
spiritual goal unfinished
impelling me to
take the road
less traveled,
forgoing education,
career, things, to satisfy
my existential crisis.

I felt like a stranger
in a strange land
heeding the beat of a different drum
seemingly mad to the worldly
yet driven to seek my origin
like an amnesia patient
not wanting illusory identity
only the Sweet Absolute Truth.

With proper spiritual foundation
we can truly be in the world
knowing we are not of it
using our psycho-physical nature,
natural human aspirations
to serve and glorify Krishna:
for material attachment binds
love for sadhus and Krishna liberates.

Wanting the highest platform NOW,
realistically taking time, patience, strength;
hiding from our conditioned nature
can’t endure, repression deludes,
best being honest
introspective to understand
what is required
for the long haul of our life.

True virtue and beauty
is understanding our nature
while acting accordingly
in the service of Shri Guru,
Gauranga, which are the soul’s
food, uncovering understanding
removing ignorance
awakening Krishna Prema.

Essential to be balanced
not an end in itself
only for peaceful living—
for happiness requires peace,
while peace comes from
understanding Krishna
as the Supreme Proprietor,
Enjoyer, true dearmost Friend.

Coming to Krishna differently —
some first renouncing
others earning degrees
having various social views
philosophical attractions,
regardless, unity as a devotee
in Shri Chaitanya’s sankirtana
experiencing the world’s misery
aspiring for Krishna Prema.

Find a way to practice Bhakti
beginning where you are
making it your highest ideal
acknowledging your conditioning
stretching beyond comfort zone
gradually increasing your practice–
despite family responsibilities
become a saranagata (surrendered soul).

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