Please click here → SB 11.20.27-28 and read it before you proceed further into this post.
Question: Thank you prabhu for sharing the wonderful verse 11.20.27-28 from the SB.
I have a doubt here. I do have some faith in the narrations of HIS glories but yet the stage of being disgusted with material activities has not come about. Here it is being spoken of such people who feel disgusted and then try to leave them although there maybe some relapses. My position is worse prabhu. I am yet not disgusted with material activities. How can i change from here?
Mahatma Das: Open your eyes to what is going on in this world; frustration, cheating, poison as pleasure, etc. You should be frustrated. The thing is that activities in the mode of passion are such that the more you do them, the more you want to do them, so this continually hankering mentality exists and there is no end to it. And it goes on for hundreds and thousands of lives and nothing gets any better. If that is not frustrating, I don’t know what is. Give up all hope for material enjoyment and get all hope for experiencing the bliss of Krsna Consciousness. Keep yourself engaged as much as possible in some enlivening service for Krsna.
Prabhupada didn’t teach that people primarily keep vows because they are sense controlled or spiritually strong. He taught that people keep vows because they value their word or honor. Because they value their word of honor they tolerate provocations that could cause them to break their vows.
When something keeps repeating itself in your life, it’s usually because of a belief you are not aware of.
The more we know, the more we realize how little we know. Similarly, the closer we come to Krsna, the more we realize how far away we really are. The more we realize how far we are from Krsna, the more we realize what is separating us from Him. The more we realize what is separating us from Krsna, the more we can acknowledge and accept our faults. The more we are aware of our own faults, the more we can be real and the more we can be real, the more we can be humble and wise. After all, humility means acknowledging what’s real.
Forgiving transforms your life. It forces you to raise your consciousness to the supernatural realm in order to show kindness and compassion to someone who hurt or abused you. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
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).