The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away

(or The Water Crisis of April 2012)

by Lilasuka dasi

Recently Lord Krishna tooketh away something very precious to us all.  The big 90,000 gallon water tank that has been serving the Palace and surrounding grounds and gardens somehow sprung a very big hole and began losing water rapidly.  They had to temporarily discontinue the use of that tank until it can be repaired.

In the meantime, we’ve had to rent 10 smaller 5,000 gallon plastic water tanks and pump in water to those.  So, besides our seasonal water shortage (we’re in the season right now), many of the devotees, especially the ones at the Palace, felt the pinch of this more severe water crisis.

The Palace was only without water for a couple of days.  But this situation has helped us to realize how precious a commodity water is.  Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita: “Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya.” “O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water. ”  We can’t live without water and we thank Krishna for giving us this token reminder about not wasting a drop of water.  We are also reminded that we are definitely not the controllers in our lives, but that Lord Krishna is the only true controller.

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