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To Begin Coming to Krishna: How Much Faith is Enough?

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Shri Madhava

How much faith is enough?
5%, 20%, 50% or
100% in one part
of the philosophy
by which we can
accept the rest?
How much faith
is required to
try something new
drive, fly or walk
in the dark?

We experienced something
in and about Prabhupada
his character, wisdom, kindness
so we loved him
serving tirelessly
to please him
or make him smile—
then we were happy.

The process continues
with gurus
present today
charming and capturing
disciple’s faith
dissolving doubts
encouraging them
to serve Krishna
and to gain
their own experience.

Faith in Krishna
is more than
just mental belief;
the Spiritual Word
is the land of
Faith, Upliftment, Bliss
the Material World
the land of Doubt,
Delusion, Misery.

Devotees of Krishna
have various levels of
faith, realization,
or experience—
enough to dedicate
a major portion
of their life
to the ideal of
Krishna Prema (love)
though they still
have material
desires or attachments.

Even if I were
a pure devotee
like Prabhupada
or others today,
experiencing Krishna
tangibly--you still
might not believe
my words
finding faults in me.

Who can take
up Bhakti?
Someone who has
received blessings
from pure devotees
from the past life
or today.

Read my biography
here, trying to
understand it
giving me the
benefit of belief
in truth’s possibility;
how my life
unraveled at 19
in answer to
my inner call
the intensity of
dormant longing
for Krishna which
amazed and excitedly
convinced this
formally dull person.

How could I
so easily
give up (even externally)
my material possessions
prospects for
“happy” life
girl friend, education
or career to live
as an ashram monk?

A material explanation
could also be given
looking at my family
the counterculture 60’s
yet the Gita’s perspective
tells us this was
all to revive my
dormant past life’s
stock of spirituality.

Dear friend,
looking at the world
I find no conception
which excites me
no lasting goal or
happiness I can embrace—
though admittedly not pure
I am some kind of devotee
with the conviction
that this is a wonderfully
satisfying path
even imperfectly followed.

It’s potentially for all
yet few are interested
only if you have
great necessity
to try-on the path
seeing if it fits
or you can grow
into it by practice
becoming an
essence seeker.

You may have to
separate Krishna consciousness
from imperfect practitioners
or various interpreted
philosophies—
somehow to gain
an experience of Krishna
through chanting
devotee association
seeing the Deities
taking Prasad:
service is the
real Solace!

A little spiritual
experience of Krishna’s
mercy or presence
can be more powerful
then being materially
satisfied (?), obtaining
education, wealth
or worldly reputation—
they all pale before a
drop of Krishna’s mercy;
I and others are living
proof of this reality,
yet until you have
experience, nothing will
completely convince
you as your heart
will remain doubtful,
uncommitted,
on the outside
licking that honey jar.

Souls can achieve
their desires so
if you like the ideals
and K.C. philosophy
remaining unable to
take it up—
pray intensely for
Divine assistance
for experience
confirmation that
this is your path;
a drop of faith is
more powerful than
an ocean of doubt;
be humble to realize
material qualifications
or intelligence will not
help us come to Krishna.

Look for the nectar
not practitioner’s faults
find devotees who
inspire you and embody
K.C, serve them in joy
as purification comes through
service that removes
Maya’s veil allowing
the soul’s wisdom to shine—
take the medicine of
the Holy Name as its
the Supreme Prayer to
obtain Krishna’s service;
Krishna is present in his
name, service, and
where devotees glorify
him with heart.

For me the charming
beauty of Krishna attracts;
the ideal of Shri Chaitanya
I embrace as my
Northern Star—
no philosophy can compare
or the sweetness of sharing
Krishna to others
the bliss of kirtana
the Deities reciprocation
more than I deserve
makes me smile
as I feel it!

This is a whole way
of life which at some
point becomes who
you are—the best way
to live; chanting 3hours
a day for 40 years
many ups and downs
though better today
then yesterday;
celebrating life
Krishna’s appearance days
or his saintly devotees
I find nothing else
to do that brings me
lasting happiness.

Is the above negated
if I am not completely pure?
or am not through with
lust or pride or material
supports—pizza, crystals etc.
If you knew me at 18
and now at 60 you
would understand how
K.C. transforms one
even an imperfect attempt,
gradually yet surely
Krishna is not through
with me yet!
I will drown in
the ocean of ecstatic bliss—
today, tomorrow, or some
life time—this I know!
Gopal Krishna and the cows

Combined comments from old site

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 12:04 — blackcat99
You found my black Krsna with the blue eyes!!!!!!!

Thank you so very much Karnamrita das!!!! I am so very happy now!!!!


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Sat, 05/23/2009 - 07:16 — Karnamrita.das
Lost and Found

Actually he found me. Being found by Krishna means no longer being lost! We are lost in the material whirlpool but by the mercy of Krishna our Guru has or will find us, then we are on the path of being saved. By the grace of Krishna all things are possible!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


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Thu, 04/09/2009 - 15:24 — ekbhaktin8
In the intense mood of Prabhu Nityananda

This poem, Prabhuji, (and other blogs as well) is a result of your being in the intense mood of Prabhu Nityananda (and even drawing from the mood of Lord Chaitanya) , who roamed streets to convince people "Please chant Hari's names, please try to love Hari"

The intense eager imploring for the sake of others, for their spiritual good, because you couldn't bear to see them either waste life or miss the real nectar - Krshna.

To clear people's doubts , you go to that length of unrolling your own life as an example.

And finally, a beautiful black Krishna with blue eyes - that our friend 'blackcat' has been looking for.

_/\o_


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Sun, 04/12/2009 - 18:30 — Karnamrita.das
Prabhupada's mood

We see in our Guru Shrila Prabhupada the mood of Lord Nityananda as he spread the glories of the holy name far and wide and give the mercy freely even to unqualified persons. It is said that Lord Chaitanya gave Krishna consciousness to those who wanted it, and Lord Nityananda gave K.C to those who didn't want it or were reluctant to accept it.

When a devotee once asked Prabhupada how it was that a person like himself who was so fallen could have taken up Krishna consciousness, Prabhupada replied that he had made their good fortune. We all have so many disqualifications but if we can receive the blessings of a pure devotee our spiritual life can begin or greatly take off.

Lord Nityananda is the friend of the fallen and Prabhupada is in his mood. Thus it is possible for someone like myself to be used by them for some good purpose. I constantly pray that my writing will be empowered to help devotees go deeper into their spiritual life and feel encouragement to go the distance. I have experienced in my life that those prayers for service I have made have often come to pass.

So by the mercy of my gurus and Shri Shri Gaura Nityananda anything is possible. It is the challenge of any devotee to want to excel, yet not think one is the doer or take credit for what one does. So if anyone likes what I write I have to bow down to that and thank my gurus and the merciful Gaura Nitai. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to write and have an audience I can share whatever I may know.

Here is a prayer by Shrila Rupa Gosvami in the Chaitanya Chariamrita which attests to the power of mercy:

"I offer my respectful obeisances to Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even a lame man can cross over a mountain and a dumb man recite Vedic literature."

"''I am offering my respectful obeisances unto the spiritual master by whose mercy a dumb man can become a great speaker and a lame man can cross over a mountain, and whose thus delivers all fallen souls." Bhavartha Dipika, Mangala Stotram 1

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. It is encouraging for me to go on in my writing service.

dasanudas Karnamrita


Thu, 04/09/2009 - 15:00 — Snehal
Hope

Hare Krishna!
What a beautiful poem! Thank you for this blog.

I really liked these lines;

'If you knew me at 18
and now at 60 you
would understand how
K.C. transforms one
even an imperfect attempt,
gradually yet surely'.

These lines are really inspiring as they give lot of hope to all those trying to balance spiritual and material lives. One needs to sincerely attempt and not bother whether its perfect or imperfect. Imperfect will surely become perfect one day if attempt is sincere. Thats the take away message for me!

Snehal


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Sun, 04/12/2009 - 18:42 — Karnamrita.das
Do our best

Yes we want do our best and leave to Krishna the rest! Let us make our ideal pure love of Krishna yet be introspective enough to know what we require to get through this life time as a devotee. We want our spiritual life to be progressive but to not be a shooting star (very bright for awhile and then disappear).

Prabhupada told us that if we try for excellent we might come in first, but if we just try to get by, we may not make it at all. It is an art to stretch ourself without breaking, or to not be complacent or burn out. Balance is required and is being level headed and patient. At the same time we want to develop a thirst for our spiritual practices and to seek out good association by which our spiritual life is greatly enhanced.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 04/08/2009 - 15:18 — EternalMuser
Pure Nectar!

Hare Krishna Prabhuji!!
Your blog is as always, pure nectar, refreshing neophytes like me. Your words go deep within and give solace, and most importantly, hope.
I never tire of admiring how people in the western countries like you, even when exposed to so many materialistic distractions, are able to take up and remain steadfast in Krishna-Consciousness!
If I were in your place, I have no doubt that I would have been swept away by charms of Maya devi and forgotten Krishna long, long ago!
Perhaps, that is why Krishna made me take birth in India, where there is a less chance of forgetting Him (and in spite of that, I still forget Him most of the time!) lol!
Thank you Prabhuji, yet again. Please keep writing. Your words are the first shower of life-giving rain to the parched ground at the end of summer. And I'm not just trying to be poetic, I really mean it.
:-)
Your eternal servant,
eternal muser


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Sun, 04/12/2009 - 18:53 — Karnamrita.das
Every situation tailor made

According to the 6th chapter of the Gita our birth situation is made to continue our previous life's unfinished spiritual practice. So my birth in the US or yours in India is just suitable to continue our spiritual life and facilitate our karmic unfoldment and retiring our material desires. Krishna is expert at accomplishing many purposes. Never the less, in whatever situation we find ourself, it is up to us to make the best use of our nature, karma and living situation.

I wish you the very best in all aspects of your life, and pray that you will receive the help you need to make rapid spiritual advancement. We become like the persons we intimately associate with!

If by the grace of Prabhupada and the most merciful Lord Chaitanya and Nitai I am able to offer you or anyone else some inspiration or help, I am very happy and grateful. I am here in the attempt to help others and to fulfill my creative urge to write and share Krishna consciousness. By helping others we are helped ourself. One thing is for sure: Krishna is so very kind to me!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita