To be right means to make someone else wrong. Sometimes being right is more important to our false ego than knowing what’s right, or doing the right thing.
Difficulties are just opportunities to show more devotion, determination and strength.
As I entered Goloka’s door;
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the light or its decor.
But it was the devotees in Goloka
That I was amazed to see;
I knew them all on the earth
But they had so little bhakti.
There stood my sankirtan leader
The one who stole Krsna’s money twice;
Next to him was my old TP
Who was never ever nice.
Krsna Das, who never preached,
Who seemed so insincere,
Was sitting ecstatically with Krsna,
To whom he seemed so dear.
I asked my guru, “What’s going on?
Of this I don’t know what to make.
How’d all these devotees end up here?
Did someone make a mistake?”
“And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.”
“Quiet, Prabhu,” he said, “they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.”
Remember… Just going to a temple doesn’t make you a devotee any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
And a temple is NOT a museum of saints but a hospital for fallen souls.
Every saint has a past…Every sinner has a future!
Welcome Krsna before you chant your first mantra. Affirm to Him and yourself that this is the most important relationship you have, that you will recognize that chanting is a personal exchange, that we are together for these next two hours, that this is “our japa,” and that this is a matter of the heart, not simply a mechanical process.
Dear …,I wanted to send you a note to remind you how much mercy is always available to you.I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your devotee friends about Me. This gives Me great pleasure, and the bliss you were feeling was just My way of reciprocating.I saw you sleeping last night and I know how tired you are from working so hard for Me (I saw you staying up late to chant your rounds). I just wanted you to know that such service is never forgotten.I am so much looking forward to you coming back to Godhead. I know how hard you are trying to get out of the material world, and if you follow My instructions and the instructions of your gurus and Srila Prabhupada, I will always be helping you. I miss you and want to be with you.When you are in trouble, you can talk to Me. I will listen. I am always there for you and I will never let you down.I have given you My holy names as My special gift to you. It makes it easy for us to unite even while you are still on the earth. Please value it deeply. You will come to know our relationship by chanting without offence. You will get everything from My name.Love,Krishna
About Mahatma Prabhu
Mahatma Prabhu was born in Los Angeles, California in 1950. In 1969, at the age of 19, he first met Srila Prabhupada through The Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and then later that year met Srila Prabhupada personally in Los Angeles. In January of 1970 he moved into the temple in Berkeley, California and shortly after received first and second initiation.
He went on to do a variety of services including book distribution, sankirtan leader, temple president, college preaching, congregational development, and various educational projects. This has culminated in the work he does today developing workshops, social media, online courses and books both for devotees as well as the general public through his company Sattva (www.thesattvaway.com).