One of the extra benefits of living in an ISKCON farm community, alongside the whole blissful daily practice of getting one step back closer to Godhead, is the many earthy service opportunities.
Before I came here, I had some semblance of an idea of what I was getting myself into, and a big part of that semblance was some serious association with my favorite animal species, the cow.
As Old Man Winter recedes, and it becomes less of an austerity to just simply step outside, I have found some very important time to do some serious cow seva, whether it's finding just the right "sweet spot" in the art of scratching our adorable bull calves Kesava and Madhava, or in joining our dearest Caitanya Bhagavat Prabhu in his daily seva amongst our herd of bovines in and around the ISCOWP barn.
First, let's meet some of our friends...
Caitanya Bhagavat has been taking care of our sublime collection of our ISCOWP family for many months now, and its one of the best services he has personally ever been a part of. Therefore, he makes it quite a joy to be with him, even more so than usual, which is saying a whole lot. As Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya have said, the cows live completely in the mode of goodness, and anyone who takes care of them is promoted to the mode of goodness.
Caitanya Bhagavat is a living example of this fact, and much more. He has such a transcendental lila with our four-legged friends that one who serves with him in this manner does nothing but strive to come to that same platform of soul-affirming association. He's a real inspiration.
Working the hay
More to come Thursday...