Last night when I came home, I noticed a very delicious fragrance enveloping me. The jasmine was not in bloom, so I knew it couldn't be that stealing through the window drafts, and the incense sticks were long extinguished.
Was it Lakshmi? Her divine fragrance perfumes the three worlds and I sensed an unusual lightness in the atmosphere.
This morning, I still detected a unique aroma, though not as pronounced. I went outside, in the backyard, to let the dog out and observed two orange speckled butterflies dancing near her doghouse. I shooed them away protectively. As I did this, they moved over to another location, but one hovered near my hands. It fluttered around my hands for a good minute. I was able to hear, witness and breathe in the amazing oscillation of its fragile wings.
Gorgeous mosaic patterns glittered between the rays of sunlight bathing our golden communion. I could clearly see its ebony face peering curiously up at me. Soon a third butterfly joined the party, and a trinity of sweetness pulsated close. After a while they all took off in different directions.
Later, I reflected while swinging in the garden jhoola how wonderfully connected we all are. This Unity transcends the mental, emotional and physical barriers, preconceptions and dimensions of our ordinary awareness. Love has a lot to do with it, respect, peace, truth and right conduct too.
(Written by Sonya Tomlinson-Warren,
108 Bhakti Kisses - The Ecstatic Poetry of a Modern Gopi)