It's just before sunrise at home base. I've caught up from the jetlag of my long flight back from Darwin, and my paucity of sleep.
Out on the patio there's quite a breeze, and an intense floral aroma. Trachelospermum jasminoides , or Star Jasmine, is native to China. It's an evergreen, woody vine that bursts into bloom all over Sydney this time of year.
The fragrance of this generous vine is heavenly and intoxicating, especially in the early mornings and evenings. It grows on a trellis against the garage wall here at my father's house.
I've picked some and filled a small vase beside my small statuette of Baby Krishna.
patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam ashnami prayatatmanah
"If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it." - Bhagavad Gita (9.26)
Posted by Kurma on 28/10/08; 5:43:28 AM
from the dept.