What is the best Krsna conscious lesson you have learned from someone?
THIS LESSON CAME TO ME when I was hankering for a solution for my problem. I have been suffering from a bowel disorder for the last nine months and was completely depressed. I always wondered why I was suffering like this and what was the solution. I would pray and ask Lord Krsna to help me.
But in the January 2008 BTG I read 'NO REGRETS' (Hare Krsna People) An interview of Radhanatha Dasa. I learned from the interview that even in the worst conditions of our lives we should not lose our faith in God, and we should continue to serve Him. We are suffering because of our own bad deeds done in the past.
Now I pray more and depend completely on Lord Krsna, which has helped me progress more in my devotional life and to get closer to the Lord.
(Mrs Sangeetha Karankar,Pune)
PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING everywhere; many are dying unattended like poor animals. But never ever before the glorious departure of Stoka Krsna Dasa, I felt that one can reach a destiny in such a manner. He was the personal servant of his Guru and later developed a terminal cancer that paralyzed him below waist. During his final hours he was surrounded by his spiritual master, Brajvasis, hundreds of loving devotees, kirtana and the day was the auspicious appearance day of Srila Advaita Acarya. He was blissfully getting out of the material entanglement into a new sphere of eternal existence. Who will not like to go to that kingdom of God? All one needs is surrender. As Srila Prabhupada said: " .. .if one can please a pure devotee of the Lord, such action means immediate satisfaction of the Lord, even though such a person is not officially qualified to receive the mercy of the Lord."
(Letter to Yeager, 21 January 1970)
DURING A YATRA, I HEARD a lecture by His Holiness Radhanatha Swami Maharaja when I came across the following example. "Sunflower seeds can never grow in isolation. They require cross poll ination; meaning they need to share and pass on the pollen grains to others for them to breed. Similarly, in Krsna consciousness, no single devotee can grow by himself. It is this association with other devotees that brings him benefit and lets him grow with others." This is the greatest lesson I have learnt in my Krsna conscious life.
(Rashi Parikh, Mumbai)
IN ISKCON WE ARE taught that one should be eager to perform as much devotional service as possible, but I am too fallen to develop that attitude.
On t he last day of National Youth Festival, Pune, 2005 I was sitting amidst the audience while all the sanyasis were giving brief lectures towards the end of the festival. As one of the sanyasis began the kirtana before the lecture, there happened to be no mrdanga player around; only kartal was being played. Radhe Syama Dasa, the President of Pune temple was standing nearby. As soon as he noticed that there was no mrdanga player, instead of looking around or ordering someone to play mrdanga he just jumped to do it himself. I was really inspired by this small gesture of Radhe Syama Prabhu. I learnt that one should be eager to perform as much as possible.