New Talavan is a 1200-acre, spiritual and organic farming community in southern Mississippi near the Gulf Coast. We recently were hit by Hurricane Katrina, and this is our story. Text, photos and video links.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Lord Giveth and Taketh Away

Hurricane Katrina Approaching Land

"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." As I watch the mad scramble for insurance money and government aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I am amazed by the transient condition of life in the material world. Lord Krsna describes in the Twelfth Chapter of Srimad Bhagavad-gita that He is pleased by the devotees who are undisturbed by loss and gain. At present, I am wondering how powerful is the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as I observe evryone frantically trying to overcome their loss and damages. Let us not get lost in the madness of material pursuits. It is a jungle of false happiness and lamentation ready to pounce upon us at any moment. Better to live simply, accept the will of the Almighty, whether for loss or gain, and be always happy in Krsna Consciousness, loving devotional service to the Lord.

—Yogindra Vandana das


  • At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Comments? I,ll give you comments. I was born in New Talavan Sept. 21, 1986 Vediclally speaking, and I've never regretted a minute of it. This is Paratattva das speaking here, and I have never forgotten for one second all my godbrothers and godsisters who assisted me in my slower-than- mollasses journey through the mire of the material bullshit bullshit.
    Right now I am missing that association like a bee misses honey. Oh, well, says Srila Prabhupada, what can be done?
    The Internet can be done...can't it? This is psyberassociation in its fullest. And I like it.

    Talk back!


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