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From Sri Mayapur! Date: March 9 2013, Verse: SB 4.30.13 Speaker: HG Badrinarayan Das

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[Kindly transcribed by Bhaktilata Mataji]

From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir!
Date: March 9 2013, Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.13 Speaker: HG Badrinarayan Das


kandoh pramlocaya labdha kanya kamala-locana
tam capaviddham jagrhur bhuruha nrpa-nandanah

TRANSLATION: O sons of King Pracinabarhisat, the heavenly society girl named Pramloca kept the lotus-eyed daughter of Kandu in the care of the forest trees. Then she went back to the heavenly planet. This daughter was born by the coupling of the Apsara named Pramloca with the sage Kandu.

PURPORT: Whenever a great sage undergoes severe austerities for material power, the King of heaven, Indra, becomes very envious. All the demigods have responsible posts for the management of universal affairs and are very highly qualified with pious activities. Although they are ordinary living entities, they are able to attain responsible posts, like Lord Brahma, Indra, Candra and Varuna. As is the nature of this material world, the King of heaven, Indra, is very anxious if a great sage undergoes severe austerities. The whole material world is filled with such envy that everyone becomes afraid of his neighbors. Every businessman is afraid of his associates because this material world is the field of activities for all kinds of envious people who have come here to compete with the opulence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus Indra was very much afraid of the severe austerities performed by the great sage Kandu, and he sent Pramloca to break his vows and austerities. A similar incident took place in the case of Visvamitra. From other incidents in the sastras, it appears that Indra has always been envious. When King Prthu was celebrating various sacrifices, outdoing Indra, Indra became very envious, and he disturbed King Prthu’s sacrifice. This has already been discussed in previous chapters. King Indra became successful in breaking the vow of the great sage Kandu, who became attracted by the beauty of the heavenly society girl Pramloca and begot a female child. This child is described herein as lotus-eyed and very beautiful. Being thus successful in her mission, Pramloca returned to the heavenly planets, leaving the newborn child to the care of the trees. Fortunately, the trees accepted the child and agreed to raise her. (End of purport)

HG Badrinarayan Das: So we have a planet, a kingdom of trees, we have someone in the heavenly planets, Lord Indra, we have a heavenly society girl— only in the pages of the Srimad Bhagavatam. We believe, we Vaishnavas, we believe amazing stories. We should not run away from it. We believe some very amazing, mind-blowing things. When I was a kid, when I was in school, (to a young boy in the front row) Yes, I was young one time. You are what I once was, I am what you will become. It’s a scary thought, son.

In school I made a model of the universe, you get little sytrofoam balls, you painted them, you hung them on a string, it’s a mobile. I was maybe ten years old. Now do you think that a ten year old child should understand the secrets of the universe? We have to recognize that we arei Suppose Christopher Columbus ant goes out on an expedition, sent out by the queen, carrying the flag, not Espana this time, but carrying the flag of the ant kingdom. Now he’s crawling on me. I’m droning on and he’s crawling, crawling, crawling. And he reports back to the queen, vast lands, hills, forest, all uninhabited. Now he’s crawling on me, but he has no idea that I’m a person.

I grow fragrant flowers for the Deities, it’s my therapy. They never say that I want to be a rose, or something, they just do their duty. And we offer them to Radha Giridhari in San Diego. I had been gone for some time and I had been watering this one plant, a mogra, and a colony of ants had invaded and moved into that pot. And they freaked, surely they were screaming, “Women and children first!” And I’m sure in the annals of ant history it will be reported The Flood of 2012. But they don’t know that behind the flood there was a hose, behind the hose there was a faucet, behind the faucet is my hand. And there’s a person.

Why, someone please explain to me the arrogance of the modern materialist, why everything is subordinate to my perception. If I can’t see it, if I can’t smell it, if I can’t chop it into tiny pieces, if I cannot control and manipulate it, then it doesn’t exist. Why? Please tell me why there can’t be higher beings.

In India they have sufficient dogs, but if you blow a dog whistle, it’s a frequency that we can’t hear, but the dogs hear it, so if you blow it, they freak. There’s a sound frequency that I can’t hear, a spectrum of light, so many colors that I can’t see. My band of perception is very, very limited, what to speak of the tendency to cheat, tendency of illusion, all the other faults. And yet we claim, a priori, if it’s not subordinate to my perception, it doesn’t exist. Only in Kali Yuga do we find this profound arrogance and ignorance. But that’s not what I wanted to talk about, we’ll move on.

When I was a child, we had a long driveway. I was very fond of my father, he was a good man. You know, materially, he was a good man. I would see my father’s car go down the long highway, and he would beep, and I would wave. And if I was home from my sporting activities, my father would come home at 6 o’clock, and I would be at the top of the driveway and wave and he would drive up the driveway and I would wave and he’d come home. I had my little world, I’d walk to school, I had my best friend. My whole world extended eight to ten blocks, that was my reality. One day it was Take Your Child to Work day, and my father took me to his office. We went down the driveway, passed the school, we got on the freeway and suddenly the whole world opened up. We went to Los Angeles, to the top of a skyscraper, blew my mind. I had no idea that that such a whole world existed. So the idea that everything is subordinate to my experience is patently bogus.

This serves as a cautionary tale. The Srimad Bhagavatam is full of many success stories, and dos and do nots. Cautionary tale; Indra is always in anxiety. Prabhupad was in Japan. Srila Prabhupad set up Tamal Krishna Maharaj as the middle man. As pre Srila Prabhupada’s plan, Tamal argued with them, offered them a super low price. The Japanese actually had to step out of the room, get some oxygen, come back. Prabhupad set himself up as the middleman, “Oh obviously, that price is too low,” which Prabhupad had told Tamal to offer. “And your price is too high, let’s settle somewhere in the middle.” They settled for something super low, but it was higher than what he had told Tamal to give. So the Japanese were out of the room adjusting their life airs. So there was one minor, junior executive left in the room. He didn’t speak English very well, but Prabhupad asked him what his goal in life was. And all the businessmen of Dinnippon executives had put their cards on the table. The junior executive didn’t speak much English. So he gathered all the cards of everyone and put them in a stack and out of his pocket he took his own card and put it on top. That was his goal in life.

So the materialists, they’re always trying to get more in life. But they can’t even conceive of the opulence of Lord Indra who gets such a post, what to speak of Varuna, and yet they’re always in anxiety, who’s going to take my place, why would we want such a thing? Everyone is chasing after happiness. Do they have this saying in India, like a dog chasing his tail?or So we’re chasing like that.

The farmer is working out in the hot sun. He takes his grains to the mill, and he goes in, and the mill-owner’s sitting in a nice seat, he has an abacus saying buy sell, buy sell, and the farmer is thinking, if only I could become a mill owner, I’d be so happy, it’s so easy sitting there in the AC. Then the tax-collector comes and takes a big chunk of the mill-owner’s income. The mill-owner’s thinking, Oh, I work so hard, I can’t sleep at night, buy sell, buy sell, and this king comes and takes a big bite out of everything I sell. If only I could become the king. The king is sitting in a nice palace, people sitting on this side and that side, people feeding him peeled grapes. But he’s there thinking about running the kingdom, who’s trying to usurp his throne, the citizens.. He’s completely in anxiety, he’s looking out his window and he sees the farmer and thinks, “oh what a simple life, just farming in the field, if only I could be a farmer.”

So this is our factual situation, the Srimad Bhagavatam gives a nice example, it describes a crane, he’s sitting in the stream, looking for something to eat, the rocks are causing pain to his feet, it’s cold, and he’s waiting, but he’s thinking Oh maybe I’ll find a fish. We’re like that. Prabhupad was in Boston, and it was wintertime, and a bird hadn’t gotten the memo, he hadn’t migrated. The bird is there in the snow. Prabhupad saw this bird out of the window and he said that this bird is so miserable, he would kill himself, but he finds a little grain, a little bug, the sun comes out for a few moments, so he thinks, “not so bad.”

A man falls into a well, and as he’s falling, he grabs for some shelter, and he’s holding onto something, he hasn’t fallen down. And as his eyes adjust to the light and he sees a big king cobra coiled at the bottom of the well. The man says, oh, can’t go down. He looks up and he sees a tiger, saying come on up. And he sees that what he’s holding on to are two roots coming out of the two sides. And there is black and white rat and they’re eating away at the the roots. Then something drops on his head. He looks up and sees a beehive dropping a little bit of honey. So he opens his mouth catching the drops and thinks, “not so bad”.

The cobra at the bottom is our life airs, time and tide wait for no one. Above is the tiger, the three modes of nature, adibhautic, adidevic, and adiatmic, ready to devour us at any moment. The black and white rats are daytime and night time, eating way at the roots. With the rising and setting of the sun a day passes and is lost. Then we have a little honey of sense gratification and we think “not so bad”. This is the Srimad Bhagavatam’s honest analysis of our position.

Do you know Prince Philip of England? Do you know that he has his shoelaces ironed? That he has someone tie his shoes. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth, she has her newspaper ironed every day, Times of London, so that the ink sets in, and then someone puts on a white glove to test so that the queen doesn’t have any ink on her hand when reads the paper. So you can imagine the attempt to erase all the miseries in life. She has hundreds of people. And she has 100s of people, and guaranteed she’s in anxiety. She has her dimwit son who may go new age on her, so she has to stay on the throne. Whatever arrangement you make, the material natural will outdo us.

The materialists spend their whole time fixing petty problems. We should appreciate the scope, the depth, the value of Vedic wisdom. It goes to the heart of the matter. What is the first thing that’s essential for a good doctor? What is the first thing to get cured? Medical, good insurance? No. You have to have a good diagnosis, you have to know the cause of the disease is, and otherwise you might as well be taking colored water for medicine.

Or air conditioning– it’s too hot, now it’s cold, oh, very nice. When they were bombing, in 1971, in the Bangladesh war, there was a blackout in Delhi, and Prabhupad’s talking with a newspaper reporter. And she says “Swamiji, Swamiji, can you give us some words of wisdom in this time of distress?” Prabhupad says that, when the bombing stops you’re not in distress? You’re in distress at every moment. It’s too hot, get AC. It’s too cold, get a heater. All that you’ve done is address the symptoms but not the real issues of birth, death, disease, old age.

Sadaputa’s joke. A man comes home at night. He sees his neighbor on all fours, searching the ground, under the streetlight, so picture this he’s up by the street, on all fours, searching the ground searching for something. The neighbor is naturally curious, so he goes up, and the man is drunk as a skunk. And he says, “What are you doing?” The man says that “I’m looking for my house keys,” I was trying to open the door and I dropped my keys. The neighbor says “But the door is over there, why are you over here by the street?” The drunk man says, “Oh, this is where the light is”. Here’s the purport.

Because they assume that these questions cannot be answered, how to solve permanently birth, death, disease, and old age, let’s look at this little world that we can deal with, the AC, but all they’re doing is dressing the wound, they’re not solving anything of real substance.

Here is the point I wanted to get to. Prabhupad was riding on a train in the evening. And he was in his compartment and there were some Indian businessmen in the neighboring compartment. So they were pious enough to understand, Here’s a sadhu, let’s get blessings.

Sometimes Prabhupad didn’t want to be disturbed, he has important work to do. So these disciples, they were like linebackers blocking the door. But a moment’s inattention, and they slipped in. So Swamiji, Swamiji, give us your blessings. Like a swami is an ATM machine. Prabhupad said, “So what are those blessings?” They were caught by surprise. So this man said, “I have this arthritis in my knee, and when it gets cold…” And Prabhupad said, no, wrong thing to ask for. So his friend came back, so he said, let my family be happy. Like a concentric circle, their area of concern was expanding. Again, Prabhkupada sais “No, wrong answer”. The third man said, Let there be peace and happiness in the world. Prabhupad again, wrong answer. Prabhupad then pointed at Satsvarupa Maharaj, skinny, austere. He said, “This saffron cloth, this is my blessing, will you take it?” And whoosh– they were out the door. Thus, Srila Prabhpada dealt with them expertly. They would nowo leave him in peace and quiet. But also he taught them a point, the blessing to become detached from this world.

When we understand, there’s a story, Guru Nanak story, why not? So this man, his friend says that there’s a very nice sadhu in our village, he’s giving katha please come. This rich man said, “Oh, I know these sadhus, he’s going to go on and on, gets me unattached, then when I’m unattached he takes everything I’ve got.” He’s going to at least ask for some shoes, an umbrella, some land. But the friend prevailed, he’s nice, please come. So he came. Sure enough, after the katha, the sadhu says I’d like to speak with you. So the rich man came over. The sadhu says, “I want to ask you for something.” Oh there it is, here we go. The sadhu said I have this needle for sewing up my clothing; I’m losing it all the time. He said, can you just take this needle, here’s the needle, please give it to me in my next life.

Does anyone know what is the price of a needle? In India you can probably buy a single needle. But in America you can’t even by a singe needle, you have to buy a pack. So the rich man could understand, “I can’t even keep track of this needle in my next life. I can’t take a needle in my next life.” So everything I have, what is the use? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, he could understand what the sadhu was saying. We understand that I’m taking body after body and I should not be disturbed by this. And if I’m not disturbed, I learn to tolerate. Does anyone know what Prabhupad says is the measure of a man’s strength? If you go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you’ll find a man pulls a train with his teeth, there are so many things, it’s true. So who knows, Prabhupad gives us from the Srimad Bhagavatam, the measure of a person’s strength? Devotee: Ability to tolerate provoking situations. Badrinarayan Prabhu: Yes, a man’s ability to tolerate.

Dhiras tatra na muhyate Tams titiksava bharata

I was at the Los Angeles Rathayatra, I serve in the free prasadam booth, thousands of people come. Full, nice opulent Krishna prasadam. We even have Christians who have signs, “turn or burn” this and that. But the point is, I’ve seen that they go the whole festival, they get to the end, they’re hungry, they put down the signs, and they come and take prasadam. P So I was in the free prasadam booth. I like to slip out and hear the question and answer booth. We had one of the best, Jayadwaita Swami, as far as succinct, powerful sutras, he’s just the best. Now the thing is, I was behind two very large ladies. They were big, I’m not picking on ladies but these were land whales. So I was trying to see Maharaj behind these large moving objects. He says, “The essence of spiritual understanding, the beginning point of all true spiritual teachings is that that we are not this body.” And one of these large ladies turns to her friend and said, “Boy is that a relief.She said it with such feeling, she was just carrying this thing around. So to understand that we are not this body, it’s actually an incredible relief, it actually begins there. In Miami, they have some skyscrapers, Prabhupad said about these skyscrapers we were in a walk in Chicago, if you look down Lake Michigan, a beautiful scene, it’s designed to be a beautiful scene, beautiful park, lakei There is Chicago in the distance, this huge stack of skyscrapers, bustling with energy, bravado. Prabhupad looked down the lake and said, they are simply stacking stones and maya will come with her boots and kick it all down.

There is American history, and I apologize, I was born in America, and I’m steeped in it. There’s Manhattan Island, it was originally obtained by the Dutch in the 1600s, and they traded the local Indians, some shiny beads and some trinkets. Anyone know how big? I don’t know how big Manhattan Island is? They liked it, it had the river, harbor; they liked it for the trade and commerce. They gave the dimwit American Indians, we have trinkets and beads, and they gave us an entire island, ha ha ha. And the American Indians were thinking, this is a swamp with mosquitoes, and we’ve got a whole continent to the west of us, ha, we’re getting these things we’ve never seen before, shiny, nice beautiful things. Let these dimwit Dutch have this swamp.

My point is, same thing, same event, but according to one’s value system, they saw differently. Each thought that the other was foolish. And in their experience, they were completely correct. We see this world, simply stacking stones, what is this body. You think the body is troublesome, what about the mind? . Prabhupad tells this story, about the mind. Green coconut kachoris. Evidently it’s a particular Bengali prep, very tasty, hard to make, rarely too many you get indigestion

coconut he thought “what a treat”an was , you get indigestion. But the man what thinking, how often do you get these, so whoof. And the mind says, “How often do you see a green coconut kachori,” he took a second, “So then what’s two, might as well, take another one, and another, another,” Andi so then he stops, goes home, sleeping. Middle of the night he wakes up with a horrible stomachache. Horrible indigestion. The very same mind with whom he tried to serve, the same mind he took instruction from, that very same mind says, you idiot, you fool, why did you eat so many kachoris.

I was on traveling sankirtan. The devotee I was with got up for Mangala Arati, he was beat. And I asked, “What happened? Why so tired?” And he replied, “I couldn’t sleep all night.” I asked why. He said, “Oh, the window in the van was open all night and it was so cold I couldn’t sleep.” And I asked, “Why did you get up and shut it,” And he said, “I was too tired.”

This is our daily experience. This is our moment to moment experience, to see these things. We’re not the false ego. In Miami, they have many skyscrapers. This one man, the faster the elevator goes, it costs you more money, so he set it as a low setting. People are like, they’re knitting sweaters. Come on man, let’s go. The homeowners association, they complained, let’s speed up the elevator. But the man was cheap, he didn’t speed up the elevators, so he put full length mirrors in all the elevators. Nobody complained. They all thought he had fixed the elevators. They were completely happy looking in the mirrors, time flew by.

Prabhupad was speaking in a darshan. And an Indian Christian came, the man became agitated, “Your Krishna is so lusty, he is immoral,” Prabhupad countered, “No sir, you are immoral. Krishna is purusha, everything else is prakriti, what are you doing with one of Krishna’s gopis?” The man was married, blew his mind, he had never heard that before. It became quite a shouting match. Brahmananda said, I think you better leave, man. The devotees afterwards were asking Srila Prabhupad, what will happen to his man, he has become before a saintly maha bhagavat, made offenses, He’ll be born in Calcutta with no arms and no legs, rolling in the gutter, playing the harmonica, what will happen to this guy? And they all offered, oh, a lifetime of a worm in stool, all the devotees were offering both his future, and his condition, how to remedy it. After they had finished, Prabhupad said, he looked up from his desk. “Well, we could forgive him.” No one had thought of that. Try to understand Prabhupad’s heart; if we don’t take offense, if we forgive him, then the man doesn’t have to suffer the reaction. The materialists see those who are weaker than them, how to exploit them. Any city you go to, there’s always some people living in the ghetto, and there are people living on the hill, laughing. They see someone weaker, let me exploit. See someone the same, let me compete, let me push them down. They see someone higher, they become envious. That’s their mindset. A Vaishnava, if he sees someone suffering, let me give them some mercy. This is the essence of the Vaishnava. In Los Angeles, we used to go on sankirtan all day long, and then we would break, take some prasadam, we would all get an individual lunch bag, eat in a park. People would always come. We would always end up giving away our lunch prasad. We’ll go back to the temple, and then these people will never get prasad. The leader of our party actually asked Prabhupad, what should we do, and Prabhupad said “charity begins at home”. Take your prasadam. He had us make some extra bread balls. So we could distribute prasadam still. The essence of the Vaishnava is that he gives mercy. He see someone on the same level he makes friendship. He sees someone superior, he offers service and takes instructions.

A man dies and he goes to heaven, and in this case, when he comes to consciousness, he sees the pearly gates, everything is sweet and blissful, he hears some music, he goes to the palatial building, and he sees all the people, a fantastic spread, vegetarian, but the people are miserable because they’re chained and they can’t reach their mouth. He thinks, “Oh, I’m in hell.” Then he goes to heaven, it’s the same layout, beautiful streets, celestial flowers and fragrance. He hears music, goes into a building. Fantastic spread, and everyone there is also chained, but they’re completely happy because they’re feeding each other. Same exact situation, different mentality.

Prabhupad says, we go to heaven or hell, as long as we have Vaishnava sanga, we’re fine. We don’t mind. The point I wanted to make is that we should tolerate. Why chase after the things of this world, and in that tolerance, that will come Vaishnava vision, we will begin to develop compassion for fallen conditional souls. We should appreciate the fantastic gift of Krishna consciousness. I was driving out to Las Vegas; we have a sweet little temple there and I’m the GBC. As a note, I was on a walk with Srila Prabhupad, Ann Arbor Michigan; I asked Prabhupad what does it mean to be in charge of one of your temples? I thought he would say, you’re one of my generals on the front line. You’re empowered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He stopped, put his cane down, looked me up and down and said, “if anything goes wrong, it’s your fault”. And I said, Oh managing it’s such a headache, the devotees. And Prabhupad said, “Actually, just remember that you’re blessed, because you get to regularly serve the Vaishnavas.” Again, same situation, different vision. Yeah it’s 2am in the morning, the toilet just broke, and no one is there to clean it up, oh, nice chance to serve the Vaishnavas.

So I was driving up to Las Vegas, and I stopped. And if you’ve ever been way out in the middle of nowhere where there’s no light, if you’ve seen the desert sky, and the mountainsi it’s really a mystical experience. I highly recommend it. And it’s both – you feel very insignificant, and you feel very intimate. You feel very close to creation. You feel that I am just a spot in the middle of nowhere. It reminded me of the first step in God realization, that that I’m not the controller and that there is a Controller. First comes awe and reverence, then there’s gratitude, a sense of dependence. From dependence comes gratitude. A natural response from gratitude comes service. Let me serve. In the same fashion, the freedom from the bodily concept of the false ego, the ravages of the mind, the fear of death, comes relief and gratitude.

Both my mother and father left this world in a fantastic way. We had a devotee, he had been away for some time, he had AIDs, came back, realized he had no shelter but the Vaishnavas. He came back, at the end of his life, he had been in a coma, all of a sudden, he’s lying flat, he put his hands up and he put his hands up and said, “Prabhupad, you came,” and he left this world. What a gift we’ve been given.

Even my mother. Last words, she opened her eyes, and she said, “Do you think I’ll be born in a devotee family?” She liked the devotees. I said, “Definitely, 100 guaranteed, mom,” And she laid back on her pillow and said, “Very good, that would be very good.” That was the last thing she said. Half an hour later she left her body. So we’re not even afraid of death.

My father worked all of his life, at his retirement dinner, everyone is there in tuxedoes, I’m there in a dhoti. And everyone is congratulating him. So when he gave his speech, he said, “I began work at 8 years old, I had a paper route, I worked my way all my life, and now I’m retiring.

“But my younger son is more intelligent than me. He retired at 17 and a half.” They were stunned. “He joined the Hare Krishna movement.” They were appreciating.

People asked Prabhupad, “What do you do for recreation?” Prabhupad was genuinely puzzled. He said, “Our whole movement is recreation.” It’s cyclical, chanting, dancing, feasting, chanting, dancing feasting. I mean, we work hard for Krishna, buti

Radhanath Swami mentioned that survey how people feel about things, what makes people happy. After people get the basics, they have food and shelter for themselves and their children, what makes people happy is feeling that their life has purpose, that they’re part of something greater than themselves. This is what people are hungry for.

I was in Los Angeles, a young bhakta. We were sitting in Prabhupad’s room, and it was as cold as it gets in the west coast, about 50 degrees F, bundled up, suffering from the cold. If you go to his quarters, you see his desk, the big window. The clouds parted for a moment, the sun shone through the window. A ray of golden light came down, he was sitting at his desk. And he alone was bathed in this pool of golden light. We were all in darkness figuratively and literally, And Prabhupad, who did not miss a thing, he looked up, could understand the mood, and he said, “yes, one day you will feel this sun, just like your lover’s embrace.” Krishna says I’m the pure light of the sun and the moon.

Prabhupad also once said, “You think you’re sitting on the floor, but I am sitting on the hand of Krishna.” That confidence, that shelter, that feeling of a loving embrace of Krishna, that fearlessness, that great gift has been given to us. Madhudvisa prabhu narrates that he was speaking with Srila Prabhupada. it says in the Bhagavad Gita, one who has performed lifetimes of pious activitiesi He can take to spiritual life. But Madhudvisa said, that “I have been performing sinful deeds since the day I met you.” So I don’t have a stockpile of pious deeds. Srila Prabhupada said I have created your good fortune. All I ask ismthat you go and create good fortune for others.

Vaisheshika Prabhu said the other day, again that survey, feeling part of something valuable, something bigger than ourselves, the joy that we’ve received, the relief of Krishna consciousness. Bhaktivinode Thakur writes in song, the materialists, they’re actually sitting in their houses, looking out the window and down the road, they’re thinking, “when will Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtan party come down the road and save me?” They’re just drinking, whiling away their time, they don’t know anything else to do until the sankirtan part comes and saves them.

There was this devotee, very shy, very young devotee. When he moved in to our temple, and I said, “Prabhu, you gotta go on book distribution, it’s so nice, so blissful, so enlivening.” He was super shy, but after some time he agreed to go out with me. The devotees would go door to door. First door we knocked on, he was standing there with me behind him. You hear all the locks open. The door opens; it’s a little old lady. So I said, put the book in her hand. He gave her a copy of the Sri Ishopanishad. She didn’t say a word. She looked at the book, looked at him, nice Vaishnava tilak, looked at the book, looked at him, looked at the book, then she fell over dead. We had to call the neighbors, called 911, she was gone. Our new bhakta was understandably shaken.

I told him, Prabhu, look, she left her body looking at a picture of Krishna, looking at a Vaishnava. She was dragging on in that apartment. That was the only reason she was alive. She was simply waiting for you. “He asked me does that happen every day?” I said, “No, no,”

We should know for a fact that they’re out there waiting for us. If we don’t go out who will pick them up? If we’re not strong and pure in Krishna consciousness, who will have the ability to deliver them? Srila Prabhupada said “There are Brahmins on every corner. You just need to go and pick them up.”

We should tolerate the miseries of this world, it’s all temporary. We should understand our great good fortune. We need to remember that people are waiting for us to knock on their door and deliver them. All glories to Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtan party.


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