The mercy of Srila Prabhupada`s transcendental books in Bulgaria!
The mercy of Srila Prabhupada`s transcendental books!
We were in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria together with bhakta Vesko and went to visit a factory, producing wooden triple-glazing windows for our housing project, and to organize a theater play, advertising in several schools, big local companies, and manufacturing offices. We stopped in front of one such factory when we saw the high fences of the nearby prison. Vesko said enthusiastically:
– “Oh, a prison! Maybe they will need Srila Prabhupada`s books!”
I went out of the car and saw I smiling man standing at a bus stop and since I always Srila Prabhupada`s transcendental books in my bag, I have asked my straight, if he likes to read:
– “Yes, but what to read?” was his answer
– “About Krishna!” – we were discussing that we should be straight, when needed and expected to be straight
He smiled and said: “Aaa, Hare Krishna!”
“Yes, exactly!” was my response and I opened the bag, loaded with books and gave him the “Science of Self-realization”. He was interested, so he called me to go up to the office and asked Vesko to continue.
Ten minutes later, we came down and Vesko was still talking to the smiling man, holding the Bhagavad Gita and showing it to two young boys, while drinking a tea – a present from the smiling man. The man was very happy that he was owning now the “Science of self-realization” and the biography of Srila Prabhupada, the author. I joined the conversation.
One of the boys was telling Vesko that he is an atheist.
– “But what do you believe?” – continued asking my friend.
– “Well, I believe that there is a force, a destiny – if you do good, a good will return to you!”
Vesko gave him the book “Karma”, which explains the natural law of “what you sow, this is what you will reap!”. A perfect law, giving us exactly what we deserve, nothing less, nothing more!
I started asking meanwhile if they work in the factory and started explaining very slowly:
– “Well, yes are here, but we are forced to… we live here very close… in a community house…”
I remembered the prison house and said: “you are an object of a suspended sentence I guess?”
– “Yes, we are from the prison and work to reduce our sentences… I am going out this year” said the smiling man, while smiling more brighter.
Vesko began more enthusiastically to offer the “Karma” book and finally, the smiling man gave a donation so that the boy can read it.
By a mystical arrangement of the Supreme Lord and His Energies, our new friends managed to reduce their sentences in the prison of the material world.
We have discussed with them that the visible, material world is a prison for the spiritual soul, which is forced to act, according to the three modes of material nature: ignorance, passion and goodness (or colorful mixture of them) and according to our desire to act in on of these modes, we will receive an appropriate and deserved result: an always painful and poisonous result in ignorance, a sweet result which begins to taste bitter like poison at the end, a result which may be bitter in the beginning, but will end as a sweet nectar at the end. But even the actions in goodness bond our soul to the results and the matter.
Besides these three modes, there is a spiritual mode and energy, which is completely transcendental and beyond mater. And only spiritual activities can elevate beyond the prison of material world and repeated cycle of birth and death.. spiritual activities, which are the key to the eternal divine Kingdom of God!
By sharing the transcendental books of the spiritual teacher Srila Prabhupada both we and our new friends performed a spiritual activity! But as HH Kadamba Kanana Swami says: “This is Srila Prabhupada`s Mercy and are just helping him!”
By a mystical arrangement, we were in the story for escape from the prison… of material life.
The doer of the story: the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna Bhagavan in our hearts
Storytelling: Fahradin Fahradinov
Storywriting: Veselin Veselinov