One Nice Thing

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So much of our devotional lives depend on our relationships with other devotees. We can't please Krishna if we can't get along nicely and have good relationships with His devotees.

Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in the various struggles we face, and as a result we start thinking in terms of only what we need. Not just materially, but in relation to our spiritual needs. We think about who we need to spend time with, what things could be done by others for us that would help us in our devotional service, or help us in our spiritual progress. Or perhaps what assistance we need to do the things we trying to get done.

It's very nice to have relationships with devotees that help us spiritually. We all depend on this in order to keep our balance in a crazy world, and keep our minds focused on Krishna.

I was reading something once, a long time ago, by this person who was talking about cultivating a spirit of generosity and giving, and less selfishness in their lives. They were suggesting that each day, we choose someone, and do one nice thing for them. It didn't have to be a big thing, and they said not to call attention to yourself or to expect any return (even better if the person didn't even know who did it at all).

I was thinking about this in relation to devotees, and how if we were to cultivate a mood like this, how that would help us keep a nice service attitude and be helpful in our relationships with other devotees. Of course it would have to be outside of what we would normally be doing for other devotees anyway, something extra, or someone you would not normally be doing something for.

Humility and an attitude of serving others is so important in Krishna consciousness. We can cultivate these things, by keeping ourselves in a spirit of giving to others this way.

It's pleasing to Krishna when we do nice things for other devotees, and it takes our minds off of our focus on ourselves and gets us used to thinking in terms of what other people might need or want, rather than what we need or want.

I have found that doing things for others is a sure cure for distress of all kinds. As soon as you make the effort to do something that will help someone else, you feel better yourself.

No matter how bad things might be, or how distressed we may feel, if you turn around in your worst, darkest moment, and reach out to someone else, doing something that is kind, giving, loving, and helpful to them, it draws you away from your own self, and you automatically feel better as a result.

So, I developed this saying over the years that helps me a lot: "when in doubt, help someone else".... it could also be changed to say "when in doubt, do something nice for someone else".... not much difference, really.

Just one nice thing. : ) But since devotees are always serving other devotees, it has to be an extra thing, something that we would not normally do, or for someone we would not normally do something for. Something we have to go out of our way to do.

"just a thought" as my daughter would say..... : )
Hare Krishna
Navasi

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Tue, 03/11/2008 - 14:01 — Divine discontent
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What a noble thought!

What a noble thought mataji!To think of doing good to others when one himself is distressed!the world would be a much better place he more people start thinking the way you do.I too an reminded of one saying- what i earned i spent,what i saved i lost,but what i gave--- i have.HARE KRISHNA.

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Wed, 03/12/2008 - 00:29 — Navasi
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Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna, Dear Divine discontent,
That's a very appropriate saying and is definitely exactly what I was trying to say.
I found it very inspiring to read your comment this morning.
Thank you.
Love,
Navasi

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Wed, 02/27/2008 - 04:44 — Navasi
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In Addition

I was just reading the transcription of the Srimad Bhagavatam class given by Radhanath Swami, in the "blogs from around the web" section here, and thought I would share this relevant thing that Radhanath Swami has said there.

"In the eighth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, in regard to the story of Lord Siva drinking poison to protect the living entities, Srila Prabhupada, Sukadeva Goswami, they both say that the greatest service that pleases Lord Krsna is to make sacrifices in your own life for the welfare of others."
Radhanath Swami

(my thanks to Gauranga Kishore prabhu, who posted the transcription, I appreciated reading it )
Navasi

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Sat, 02/23/2008 - 06:04 — rasa108
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Serving Others

Nice points here Navasi...the best thing we can do is give ourselves to each other so we can all make advancement.

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Sat, 02/23/2008 - 07:08 — Navasi
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Giving Ourselves

Thank you very much, Rasa, I appreciate your comments here. :)

Yes, you are totally right, giving ourselves to each other in an effort to assist in the spiritual progress of each other is a really wonderful devotional service, and we all make advancement as a result.
In the material world, giving yourself to someone else means you don't always get something in return.

However, with devotees, serving them, giving to them, Krishna is pleased, and so we always get the merciful blessing of Krishna is this way.

There is never any loss. : )

Love,
Navasi

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Fri, 02/22/2008 - 16:44 — abrennan
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When in doubt, help someone out

: )