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Friday, December 15th, 2023

Honolulu, Hawaii

Back to the island of O’ahu and the city of Honolulu and then an evening event at the University of Hawaii. Gurudas, Anale and family put a lot of effort into staging the program for “Meet the Walking Monk”.

I began speaking from the book “The Saffron Path” as if I was conducting a book launch. After all, Gurudas encouraged it. I read from the chapter entitled, “I Believe in Everyday Miracles”. 

“When the topic of miracles comes up, we almost always think about incredible events of biblical proportions. The parting of the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape the tyranny of the Egyptians, and Jesus walking on water are two miracles that come to mind. Of course, Krishna also was responsible for a large number of miracles which we discover by reading Bhagavad Gita AS It Is and the Srimad Bhagavatam. 

If we keep our eyes open and pay attention, we can experience miracles. Every one of us experiences them in some way, shape, or form and sometimes several times a day. But do we even recognize them? Are we even aware of what is happening around us? Many of the events are challenging to explain and often perceived as mere coincidences or maybe blessings. Sometimes it’s easier to explain a miracle by believing in divine intervention. A miracle often brings a positive message and encourages us to take a leap of faith. I try to regularly take those leaps of faith, and encourage you to do that as well.”

That reading the excerpt was the opener for tonight’s talk, so I relayed one story about a little miracle involving a guava falling from a tree in Hawaii while on my trek there. I was staring at the top guava specimen at the tree’s summit and miraculously, upon mental demand, it fell, hit the ground, and rolled at my feet. I offered and happily consumed it. The group at UH liked the story. They craved for more.

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