Lonely at the top

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Parvati devi dasi: Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For more than 30 years, I have consciously watched with concern seasoned and wonderful devotees fall through the cracks on a regular basis. Instead of standing back and assessing the situation from a different perspective to get relief from the pressure of overwhelming responsibilities, the trend is to rush into other situations which are infinitely even more entangling, using a variety of interesting rationalizations.

I know in many ways it is lonely at the top with all the responsibilities that come with it. But that’s because most of our guys at the top forget to get enough doses of, or in some cases, any at all, at least like association in their zeal to do their job and everything that comes on top of their heads, as if that will give them complete immunity to confusion and lower modes. I know you all make an extended effort to offer all the respect offered you back through the parampara, but this is only part of the solution.

PLEASE get plenty of like association, seek more advanced association, and the benefit of that and everything which comes with it. Otherwise there is too much danger of falling into the trap of considering oneself the center of the universe. This is your mother speaking.

Consider this simple checklist: If you keep yourself ISOLATED and insulated, stay in your separate ashrams without joining the rank and file temple devotees in the daily programs over there, are basically surrounded mainly by those who worship your feet, and/or if you do not often evaluate and estimate the level of your material and spiritual position (such as sadana and sadhu sanga), and discuss this regularly with those of at least equal association, then you can expect to get into trouble sooner than later. Guaranteed.

Prabhupada’s program is so simple and allows for different individual flavors as long as one stays within certain parameters. We deserve your association, and you ours. Without you, without each other, we are not successful.

I beg to remain your humble servant,

Parvati devi dasi

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I enjoyed reading your article, not as much for the content but, for the sentiment and compassion you display. Actually, we learn much in life as we proceed. We make mistakes, have regrets, and unfortunately find many avenues become closed that we once tread upon. Krishna is indeed the supreme controller. He is arranging the environment for each and every one of us. Success is not always synonymous with spiritual success. Look at Prahlad, look at Bhisma, even Arjuna…sometimes the environment is very harsh. How we become further enlightened in Krishna consciousness may sometimes involve failure from a material perspective.

The problem that I want to express is that we rarely see forgiveness amongst the devotee population. Others will often pounce upon you when you are down, and then you are more or less dead to them. I had raised four peacocks from baby chicks at my home in Santa Cruz. I remember one beautiful blue neck male had become sick. He was penned with his other siblings, another male and two females. Once the male that was sick had laid on the ground ill, the other peacocks were very aggressive, pecking at it and trying to kill it. He developed a deep wound on the head that I cleansed and sewed up (I am a surgeon), and I fed the peacock with an eyedropper until he was strong again. I had to separate the other peacocks from him lest they kill him…animal behavior. No doubt, we see this amongst our human counterparts as well. Who will nurse us back to health when we are ill? And, who will come at us to kill us, figuratively speaking.

So, where is the compassionate behavior, where is the heart of the bhaktas? Are they so protective of themselves? Are they so absorbed in their own lives? I wrote one small article that is currently on Dandavats at this time entitled “Since when are bhaktas expendable?” I am expressing the same sentiment. We know from Christian parables that “the shepherd will leave the flock when one of his sheep has gone astray.” Can we not learn something from this parable? Is the “bliss” so great, really, that one’s heart cannot clearly see what is taking place, and what are we supposed to do. These are thoughts that I have tried to express in many ways. I think that the society of devotees needs to consider these things for their own sakes, and for the sakes of others. Remember, you are always dealing with Krishna. Pusta Krishna das

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