|The sunrise here in Africa is very pleasant, and increases my meditation. I chant my daily mantras while circumambulating the huge moat that surrounds the temple complex. Meanwhile the sky reddens preluding the first rays of the sun that suddenly burst over the horizon in dazzling splendour.
I remember the words of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur:
udita tapana hoile asta,
dina gelo boli’ hoibe byasta,
tabe keno ebe alasa hoy,
na bhaja hrdoya-raje
“With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why then do you remain idle and not serve the Lord of the heart?”
(Arunodaya-kirtana, songs to be sung at dawn, from Gitavali by Bhaktivinoda Thakur)
In vedic astrological calculation, the previous day ends not at midnight, but at sunrise. I often recall a verse that I learned as a young teenage devotee while living in Double Bay, Sydney:
ayur harati vai pumsam
udyann astan ca yann asau
tasyarte yat-ksano nita
“Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.”(Srimad Bhagavatam)
The sun is the eye of God. It’s not hard to conceive of this given its limitless radiance.
yac-caksur esa savita sakala-grahanam
raja samasta-sura-murtir ashesa-tejah
yasyajnaya bhramati sambhrita-kala-chakro
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
“The sun, full of infinite effulgence, is the king of all the planets and the image of the good soul. The sun is like the eye of the Supreme Lord. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey, mounting the wheel of time.”
(Sri Brahma Samhita)
Off we go, round and around the moat. Keep on chanting, keep on chanting. It is a very enjoyable way to start the day. Along with eating, drinking water, breathing air and sleeping, its something I do everyday.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This is the Maha Mantra (the Great Mantra) and my constant friend this lifetime.
Posted by Kurma on 29/7/06; 12:05:43 AM