Chapter 23: Blue Sky from Kṛṣṇa's Effulgence; Fresh Jasmine

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 23
Blue Sky from Kṛṣṇa's Effulgence; Fresh Jasmine

October 7, 1972, ISKCON Los Angeles

One evening while in his garden, Śrīla Prabhupāda looked at the sky and said, "So, is the sky the color of Kṛṣṇa?"

"In Kṛṣṇa Book it says that Kṛṣṇa is dark bluish like the thundercloud," a disciple answered.

"The sky is the color of Kṛṣṇa," Śrīla Prabhupāda explained. "It is the light from Kṛṣṇa's bodily effulgence that makes the sky blue."

Often, after leaving the garden, Śrīla Prabhupāda went to his room and listened to the recording of that morning's Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam class. Sometimes he had me pick star jasmine flowers which grew on the bushes just outside his garden. The flower's scent was especially fragrant at night. One evening while smelling a sprig of blossoms, he said, "Ah, this is Kṛṣṇa!"

I often brought jasmine to his bedroom in the evening. He occasionally smelled them during his massage. He then kept them on his pillow (close to his nose) all night. The following morning, I would find the flowers gently laying on the pillow exactly where they had been the night before. The flowers were as fresh and fragrant as ever, looking as if they had just been picked. His Divine Grace always showed us how Kṛṣṇa is in every part of this material creation.