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.
There is a famous story about a Taoist farmer that goes like this:
This farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. The neighbors came to console him over his terrible loss. The farmer said, "What makes you think it is so terrible?"
A month later, the horse came home--this time bringing with her two beautiful wild horses. The neighbors became excited at the farmer's good fortune. Such lovely strong horses! The farmer said, "What makes you think this is good fortune?"
The other night I went to a meeting in the town where I live. It's a group of spiritually minded people who get together to talk about spiritual subjects.
I had never been before, and in fact, I didn't even know it existed in our little rural Southern town, until a friend of mine told me about it. He goes and thought I might find it interesting. So, I went.
Well, there were all kinds of spiritual subjects being discussed, that's for sure.... depending on your definition of "spiritual".
Hare Krishna :)
I was having this dream once where I was in the middle of this room, and all around me, there were enemies coming, from all sides, and in all kinds of ways....
Some were attacking me with weapons, while others were plotting various schemes to discredit me and destroy my various family members. Some of my friends and family were there also being harmed, and needed my help and protection.
There were so many attacks, on so many levels, and they were all coming at me at once, there was no possible way I could address or manage all of them....
"When the demigods saw that Krishna was constructing a particular city of His own choice, the sent the celebrated parijata flower of the heavenly planet to be planted in the new city.
They also sent a parliamentary house, Sudharma.
The specific quality of this assembly house was that anyone participating in a meeting within it would overcome the influence of invalidity due to old age.
The demigod Varuna also presented a horse, which was all white except for black ears and which could run at the speed of the mind.
Hare Krishna : )
I remember when I first found out about Krishna, I had gotten a Bhagavad Gita, and a Krishna book, and some Japa beads.
It was 1970, and things were fairly simple then. Meaning, those were the only books, there was no internet of course, and even the "oldest" "most experienced" devotees were very new in terms of how things are now days.
I read the Bhagavad Gita, and the Krishna book, and started chanting japa.
I thought Krishna was amazing, I was so fond of Him, and was reading that we could Love Krishna.
We all want something special to happen to us, in our lives. We'd love to have some kind of miracle occur.
We're looking for that one amazing relationship, the one that's going to give us everything we've been looking for, and bring peace to our hearts.
We're looking for that really special job, the one that fills all our needs, and uses all our creative talents, while also providing us with enough money to give us prosperity.
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
This is an old saying that means:
The more we know someone the more likely we are to find fault with them.
Srila Prabhupad used this saying and warned us about it.
Sometimes we are very fortunate and we get some very nice association with devotees.
We begin to feel comfortable with them, close to them, and we start to get to know them a little better.
At that point in time we have to begin to remind ourselves of this principle...
Familiarity Breeds Contempt.
Hare Krishna. :)
This week I had an interesting comment from someone about being a Free Spirit.
I was told by this person, that them, a friend of ours, and I, all got along very well because we were all "free spirits"....
Now, this really was funny to me, because I don't have any idea what they mean when they say "free spirit".
So, I told them:
"Well, thank you. I'm so glad that we all get along so well" :)
"Now, will you please tell me, what is a free spirit" ???
"What do you mean when you say "free spirit" ???????
Although Bhagavad-gita is one of our essential texts and is glorified as having what is necessary for us to make spiritual progress, it is also considered the ABC’s. Our founder/acharya or principle teacher’s— Shrila Prabhupada’s—purports add references from many relevant Gaudiya Vaishnava and Vedic texts which greatly increase its depth and accessibility. However, objectively, in our tradition, the Shrimad Bhagavatam would be considered a more developed scripture, since it begins where the Gita leaves off—with giving up all works or material dharmas except pure devotional service to Krishna.