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>> Ordinary people sometime think that sankirtana devotees are just like
>> mundane salesmen who are out to sell their product by hook or by crook.
>> Sometimes, they even accuse the devotees to be cunning or cheater.
>> Here is one story about how a devotee dealt with the issue.
I had a similar experience once while distributing hard bound Bhagavatams on the street outside a post office in a small town here in Sweden. A lady with a retarded daughter passed by and the young girl grabbed the book I offered the mother. The girl refused adamnantly to return the book to me despite her mother’s repeated enteaties. The mother had little choice but to ask me the price. I gave it at the minimum BBT price. A little later from the distance I spotted a gentleman headed toward me with a book in hand. Expecting trouble I met him politely. He was enraged, loudly claiming I had cheated his wife, demanding their money back. He also complained that, “this book is not even in Swedish.” (which it *was* not including the sanskrit, of course). Calmly, I assured the man I would return the laxmi. “Please however first just look at any page in the book and see if it is in Swedish or not”, I requested. He consented to open the 3rd canto Bhagavatam by chance to chapter 11 and read aloud to me verse 31:
“My dear King, just consider what I have said to you, which will act as medicinal treatment upon disease. Control your anger, for anger is the foremost enemy on the path of spiritual realisation. I wish you all good fortune for you. Please follow my instructions.”
He closed the book, put it under his arm and walked away taking with him the advice of Svayambhuva Manu to Dhruva Maharaja.
Your servant, Yogindra das
Comment Posted By Yogindra das On 03.05.2007 @ 07:50