Onwards and Upwards


My health steadily improves from copious amounts of thyme tea. I think the worst has passed. Since I head off to the UK this Sunday I want to make sure that I’m in decent health. Travelling while unwell is no fun.

If these diary entries have appeared to become a tad self-indulgent the last few days it’s because one needs to look after one’s health much more closely in times of sickness. It is inevitable that during these periods one tends to see the world in a more ‘me-centred’ way. There is no harm in this. The famous Pandit Chanakya said that there are three things that should be immediately eliminated — that is, fire, debt, and disease.

I thoroughly enjoyed the early morning program in the temple this morning. It was good to see over one hundred fellow devotees of Krishna from all corners of the globe . I recognised some from places I’ve already been this tour – London, Dublin and Belfast, and some from my previous visits to Zurich, Milan, Russia, Frankfurt, and Vrindavana (India). Some I knew I had seen somewhere before, but could not recall where.

After some morning meditations I was thinking a lot about my life and where I stand in the broader scheme of things. Just as one naturally wants good bodily health, a spiritually-aware person also wants to be in a state of wholesome spiritual health. My aim is to revive this consciousness – referred to as “Krishna Consciousness”. Despite the constant ebb and flow of life, the inevitable ups and the downs, distractions and disturbances, one has to check that the general direction is onwards and upwards.

sail onwards and upwards:

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.(1809-1894)
Posted by Kurma on 8/7/05; 2:22:13 AM from the Travel dept.

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