Country Das travels to the big City

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Krishna RoadThere are certainly more "countrified" places than we live in......I mean there is a "convenience/gas station/general/pay too much store" only 5 minutes away. However, if we want to get any "serious" supplies, it is a minimum of 30 minutes. That will get us to the nearest branch of the "evil empire" or Wal-Mart (it is cheaper, but I know well all the cons).

To reach the health food store and others takes an hour. The point being that getting supplies is a major time investment, and we only go every week or two. Sometimes neighbors can pick up odds and ends, and we do order bulk grains for most of the devotee community.

On the drive I try to make the best of the trip with Krishna Conscious (KC) lectures and music, and sometimes I take a neighbor.

I have to admit loving to watch people, for instance, when I am waiting in line, in the park, or getting car repairs etc. Although I haven't written any fiction yet, I do look with both a curious writer and compassionate devotee eye. I see many sad cases of misery, yet I think anyone without any religion or spirituality is the most unfortunate. Thus in all my interactions or witnessing I wonder how I can benefit these people. I do pray for their all around good, and spiritual advancement.

To my way of understanding this praying for others benefit is one of the devotees' important functions in society, and especially those of us involved in healing work or ministering to others. And who is a healer?? Not all devotees are designated "healers", yet the activities of devotional service are truly healing for the planet and people in general, since the ultimate disease is forgetfulness of Krishna.

Forgive my new age label here, but "light worker" could easily be applied for devotees. We are meant to carry the light of Krishna, remembering him always, and share him with others as appropriate. At the very least (it is not small thing either) we can be a well wisher and positive force----even a smile and well wishing thought is good for others, and good for us. A devotee is "para upakara": Prabhupada defines this term: "doing good to others, this is the Vaishnava special interest".

We do have to save our self by our sincere and serious practice of devotional service (bhakti-yoga) yet along the way it is good to try to help others awaken spiritually. There is no impediment to this, and if we want to give KC to others, then Krishna will reciprocate with our desire. As with most things, our own self is the most limiting factor if we have a limiting attitude (I speak from experience). We can learn much from successful people by having a "can do" attitude.

"Where there is a will, there is a way", is a useful saying for our own practice of KC, and in sharing our faith and understanding to    others. Truly, by the mercy of Shri Guru and Gauranga (Lord Chaitanya, who is the incarnation of God for this age---who is considered most merciful), all things are possible. So as we carry out even what appear to be mundane or ordinary activities we can make those activities Krishna conscious, and also help others.

Please read the 24h verse of the 4 th chapter of Prabhupada's Bhagavad-Gita and his purport. The theme is one of my favorites. Here is some of it, which applies to our current topic:

“The more the activities of the material world are performed in Krishna consciousness, or for Vishnu [God] only, the more the atmosphere becomes spiritualized by complete absorption. The word brahma (Brahman) means “spiritual”. The Lord is spiritual, and the rays of His transcendental body are called the brahmajyoti [clear light or Gods' aura], His spiritual effulgence. Everything that exists is situated in that brahmajyoti, but when the jyoti is covered by illusion (maya) or sense gratification, it is called material………[and my favorite part]…. The Absolute Truth covered by maya is called matter. Matter dovetailed for the cause of the Absolute Truth regains its spiritual quality. Krishna consciousness is the process of converting the illusory energy into Brahman, or the Supreme”.

Jadurani Radha Krishna closeup

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Hare Krishna

Thank you. Sometimes it's hard being a good example and a light to others when I am so full of failures. I'm no light. If I said I was I would be a hypocrite. I am just striving to do the best I can and hope Krishna can overlook some of the things I do and sometimes say. I was thinking of my old MySpace page and there would always be a struggle between the spiritual side and the material side. Yup, you got it, the material usually wins. Anyhoo, I feel I need to do a lot more work on myself and my spirituality before I can be any kind of inspiration. My old friends would look at me and say "get real, lets get a beer." I would probably stumble. Hare Krishna my dear friend.
scott

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Fri, 09/21/2007 - 00:07 — Karnamrita.das

We are a work in progress

I appreciate your sentiment. We are all disqualified in so many ways. Our light may be dim according to our estimation, yet Krishna can still use us if we are willing and pray to be. There are innumerable ways we can disqualify ourselves to either receive Krishna's mercy or to give it. We can only be instuments---it is not about us.

Whatever we know, whatever we have appreciated, we can share that when appropriate. We don't want to "preach" at someone, but to speak according to their necessity. I know a number of devotees who first heard about Krishna, from a fallen devotee in a bar. It happens.

So pray to make advancement every day. Chant and read as you are able, and find devotees to hear from who inspire you, and support them. Our KC practice may be lacking, yet we can serve Krishna with our words, intelligence, wealth, or giving our life. Someway, somehow we can do something for Krishna and his devotees. That will help us to make advancement.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita

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Fri, 09/21/2007 - 02:09 — bhakta skot

Your right.

Your right. I need to stop being so critical of myself and and accept where I am on this journey. I believe you blogged this point earlier in the week. I've only been involved a few short years and I not supposed to have as much knowledge and devotion as a senior devotee. Thanx for slappin' me back in place. Your servant,
Scott

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Fri, 09/21/2007 - 02:13 — bhakta skot

P.S.

I have a great deal of respect for you and hope you weren't put off by my earlier reply. I'm kind of in a dark spot right now and am feeling a little unworthy. I read the Gita all the time and chant as much as I think I can, although I can probably eek out more. Anyway, Much respect to you. You're a blessing.
scott

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Fri, 09/21/2007 - 10:46 — Karnamrita.das

zigzag path

Our path of KC is a zigzag path of ups and downs. If we really get to know our friends on a heart level, then we will trust them, and won't be affected by the normal ups and downs of life and of sadhana (rules and regs) bhakti. If we don't have this respect and trust of each other, then the tendency is to be preoccupied with externals.

Problems and difficulties are to be expected. In the early days of the movement we didn't think that this was a normal thing, so when someone left the Temple or showed some weakness we sometimes "demonized" them, or thought them fallen, not knowing what was waiting us. Often the very same things we are critical of others for, we have to go through as well.

So don't worry a bit. You are a sincere devotee and Krishna will surely continue to help you!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita