“On a Wing and a Prayer”

My sore throat from yesterday was a harbinger of more to come. By last night it had developed into a fully blown fever and chest cold. By this morning, day one of my cookery seminars, I was drowning in excess bodily fluids, sneezing, coughing, and shivering. I haven’t been this sick for decades, and it appeared out of nowhere.

I wondered how I could possibly cook and guide 40 students for a three hour morning class, then give an afternoon reading from my book “The Great Transcendental Adventure” .

It seemed I could only survive “On a Wing and a Prayer”

This idiom’s origin began in the military. Apparently it simply means to rely on good fortune. It came into being during wartime as very damaged aircrafts were returned to the bases with nothing but prayers to kept them intact.

My morning’s croaky soft Hare Krishna chanting must have propped me up, and somehow the Personality of the Holy Name, Krishna, kept me afloat.

The class was a success. We cooked six dishes, and after lunch, I dug myself in and armed with hot ginger tea, spoke for 2 hours, surprising myself at the depth and clarity of the presentation. But I guess I should not be surprised. The Holy Names of God are desire-fulfilling touchstone:

nama-cintamani-krishna caitanya-rasa-vigrahah purno suddho nitya-mukto ‘bhinnatvan nama-naminoh

This means that the name of God is as powerful as God is Himself. It is called purna. Purna means complete. And suddha means without any material contamination. ‘Purna suddha nitya’. Nitya means eternal. Abhinnatvan nama-naminoh means without being different from the person whose name we are chanting. My good fortune is being able to chant Hare Krishna.
Posted by Kurma on 6/7/05; 2:17:55 AM from the Travel dept.

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