O mind! Take shelter of Shyamsunder's soft Lotus Feet
गहो रे मन ! श्याम चरण शरणाई ।
अंत समय कोउ काम न अइहैं मात पिता सुत भाई ।
काम क्रोध अरु लोभ मोह मद इन सों कछु न बसाई ।
यह जग मृग तृष्णा सम दिखत सुख लवलेश न पाई ।
धन यौवन तन छन भंगुर सब ज्यों कपूर उडि जाई ।
बहुरि 'कृपालु' न नर तनु पाइय बिगरी लेहु बनाई ॥
(Prem Ras Madira)
O mind! Take shelter of Shyamsunder's soft Lotus Feet.
Ones you call your own: mother, father, brother and son, will not accompany you after death.
Moreover, there is no other way of escaping from the clutches of demons like Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Pride.
This world is like a mirage, containing not even a trace of happiness..
Wealth, youth and life are temporary, disappearing like camphor.
Says Shree ‘Kripalu’, “O mind! You will not be blessed with a human body again and again. Therefore, do not delay in improving your pitiable condition.”
An Amazing Story!
Srutakirti: We were on an airplane from Mexico City to Caracas and Prabhupada started taking his puffed rice, puffed rice and peanuts. He ate for about 10 minutes or so, and then he just looked and said, "OK." So I moved the puffed rice over and I gave half to Paramahamsa, the other half I had in front of me. After a few minutes, there was this stewardess, she was walking down the aisle and she stops right in front of us and she reached over, put her hand in my plate and grabbed a handful of puffed rice and threw it in her mouth. She says, "Oh, this is wonderful. What is it?" I said, "Puffed rice." She said, "Why are you eating this?" I said, "We have our own diet and we're vegetarian." She said, "Oh, is there anything else I can get you?" I looked at Prabhupada and he looked at me, he said, "Hot milk." She said, "Fine." So after about 10 minutes she comes back with three plates. She left and I turned to Prabhupada, I said, "Prabhupada, that's amazing, isn't it?" Prabhupada said, "No, women, they have a natural propensity to serve." Of course, I was thinking it was amazing that she took Prabhupada's mahaprasadam right off of my plate. Somehow or other, she got what all of us were mad after was Prabhupada's remnants. So when I travel, it's always one of my favorite stories. One day I was giving class and I told this story, and after class a devotee boy came up to me and he said, "That's an amazing story. Can I tell you a sankirtan story?" I said, "Yes." He said, "We would go out to the villages far from all the cities in Brazil in different places. You have to go by four-wheel drive. One day we were in the rain forest really far away from everywhere, and we found this village and we did our Harinam. Then we began going door to door to distribute books. Then I went to this one house and I knocked on the door and a woman answered and tried to distribute books. As soon as she saw me, I was in dhoti and kurta, and she invited me in. I went in, and I started seeing that there were pictures of Krishna on the wall and she had an altar, she had Deities," and he was so surprised. Then he said, "You're a devotee," and she said, "Yes, yes. It's so wonderful to see a devotee here." And he said, "How did you become a devotee?" She said, "Well, the first time I met devotees was I met Prabhupada on an airplane. I was a stewardess." So this was the woman, it was 10 years later from that time after she took the mahaprasadam. Then she met devotees again and got a book and that was it. That was the beginning of her spiritual life. Just seeing what Prabhupada has done, it's mind-boggling to understand how Prabhupada has made devotees, and it just goes on and on.
Pastime Shared by Ankur Prabhu
दीनानाथ मोिहं काहे बिसारे ।
हमरििहं बार मौन कस धारे ।
O Lord of destitute! Why have You forsaken me? When it came my time to receive grace, why have You suddenly become silent?
नाथ ! अगति के गति अनाथ हम,
कहहु कौन गति मोरि विचारे ।
Merciful Lord! You are the shelter of the helpless, and I am an orphan. What have You thought about me?
गणिका गीध अजामिल आदिक,
सुनत अमित पतितन तुम प्यारे ।
I have heard that sinners like Ganika (a courtesan), Geedh (a vulture) and Ajamil (a fallen soul) were very dear to You.
इन सम अगनित पतित रोम प्रति,
वारत पतित विरद रखवारे ।
I am so fallen that countless Ganikas, Geedhs and Ajamils can be sacrificed on each and every pore of my being.
दंभ कोति शत कालनेमि सम,
कोटिन रावन सम मद धारे ।
My hypocrisy equals that of millions of Kalnemis and in pride I equal countless Ravans.
लाजहुँ जासु लजाति अधम अस,
हैं न हुये न तु ह्वैहैं भारे ।
Shame itself is put to shame looking at my sins. There can be no worse sinner than me in the past, present or the future.
कौने मुख 'कृपालु' प्रभु सन कछु,
कहिय नाथ अब हाथ तिहारे ॥
(Prem Ras Madira)
O Lord of ‘Kripalu’! What can I say to You? Everything is in Your hands now. Accept me or reject me.
The entire world seeks to answer two questions. The first one is, "What do we all want?" and the second, "How will we attain it?" All the knowledge in the world, right from the worldly to the Vedic, attempt to answer these two questions. "What do we want and how do we attain it?" How surprising it is that in countless lives, we have not been able to answer them. The day we find the answer, our relationship with this material world will come to an end. With that, our wandering in the 8.4 million life-forms, the five sorrows - joy and suffering, love and hatred, fear of death, ignorance, ego (pride) and the five sheaths of maya will also come to an end.
Let us take up the first question. What is it that we want? It is a very simple question and can only be answered when we understand who we are. We use the pronouns I, we, you. What is this 'I' that we refer to? Once we understand the true 'I', we will automatically understand what 'I' want.
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