153. Part 6 – At the farm with HH Devamrita Swami

Part 6 – Glories to the “Cookers”

The cooks did it again. Finger lickin’ good !

I saw His Holiness Devamrita Swami get off the car and walk towards the lecture hall. I am usually seated right behind the door in a corner. So, most of the time, I am the one who opens and closes the door. As he neared the door, I opened it to welcome him and at the same time, I went down on the floor to pay my obeisances like everyone in the room. Once done, I looked up towards his chair but he was nowhere to be seen ! He was not in the room. He had gone to the kitchen to see for himself the good work the devotees were upto there.

Operation Prasadam underway

Operation Prasadam underway

Vaishnav Charan prabhu (in apron) as you know is usually the one responsible for prasadam. But this time, he was the mentoring the next generation of young devotees. Like Chef Kurma prabhu, one could overhear his instructions to them.
 
Sumanth prabhu goes for a paneer curry - Bihari style

Sumanth prabhu goes for a paneer curry - Bihari style

Sumanth prabhu undertook a long train journey on Saturday evening from the city to the farm. Just so that he can attend the final day of lectures, associate with devotees more and conduct his service of cooking. And I was told later that he was responsible for the wonderful paneer (cottage cheese) curry. It was red, rich and yummy ! Well done, prabhu !
 
That cottage cheese

That cottage cheese

Vaishnav Charan makes it a little easier for Sumanth prabhu by taking up the task of preparing the cottage cheese.
 
Captain Akhil

Captain Akhil

I was told at a devotee get together last Sunday that Akhil prabhu didn’t realize that he had to head the kitchen at the farm retreat. Few days ago, I heard him give his frst lecture to a room full of university going youngsters. And it was pretty good. I believe he’s only 23 years old or so. But does tons of service. He, along with his young mates infact, carried out most of the activities at the farm. The seniors commented that the kitchen as well as the rest of the operations were run like a well oiled machine. And that’s why His Holiness Devamrita Swami took a detour early in the morning to visit the kitchen. Later on, during the lecture he complimented them for all their efforts at the kitchen.
 
One should do their tasks with full devotion, concentration and happiness. Success is not bestowed on anyone or earned by birth right. It’s earned by hard work and discipline.

I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson

Love conquers all, but if love doesn’t do it, try hard work – Unknown

If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it. – James A. Garfield

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. – Margaret M. Fitzpatrick

Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love. –Steve Pavlina

You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile. – Brian Tracy

 

And next article coming soon : Part 7 – The Play

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