[Excerpt from Srila Gurudeva: Around the World, Holland 1996, the first book in a series of volumes on Srila Gurudeva’s world preaching tours.]
He contemplated, “For many years I haven’t found the exit door, so why will I come across it now?” Thinking as such, he avoided the door. On sensing the presence of the wall, he again turned around and went in circles.
So, at this critical juncture, you have come in front of the door. The door is the human form of life. Gurudeva repeatedly tells you, “The door is right in front of you! Open it and get out.” But we don’t want to listen to him. You should know that if you miss the opportunity in this human form of life; then you will miss it forever. And you will have to undergo the rigors of repeated birth and death in many forms of lives. You should be firmly determined (drda sankalpa) and think, “In this life, I have taken the shelter of a very qualified guru and I also have the priceless association of Vaisnavas to benefit from. So I should go out of this world.” But, if you don’t wish to act this way and are rather interested in cheating others, then—you will cheat yourself.
You cannot cheat Krsna. You may chant, “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, give me a horse.”
“O Krsna, give me a horse.” The person was very tired so he asked for a horse. Assenting to his request, Krsna gave him a horse. Unknown to the unassuming person, the horse was pregnant. He was immensely happy to have the horse and wanted to ride on it. This way he thought of reaching his destination. But just as he proceeded to mount the horse, it gave birth to a foal. The horse was unable to move, so he had to take the foal on his shoulders. Do you understand?
He wanted to ride on a horse, but instead, the horse rode on him. Then he thought, “O Krsna, why did You give me this horse?”
Similarly, this is your condition. By chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, we pray to Gurudeva and Krsna, “O Krsna, give me wealth. Give me a house furnished with all luxuries.” And Krsna relents to these requests. But when the recipient dies, he leaves everything behind. He cannot take a strand of hair. He begins to weep at his misfortune, but he has lost his chance. So, try to never cheat others. Don’t try to cheat them by siphoning money from them. Try to develop pure bhakti in this human form of life where you have the priceless shelter and association of a bonafide guru and Vaisnavas. Don’t aspire for silly things, they will ruin your life and take you to hell. For maintaining our lives, we only need a little wealth. We don’t need immense wealth, otherwise you will have mamata (possessiveness) to that wealth. If you are attached to wealth, you will be like Bharata Maharaja, who was excessively attached to the deer. Keeping two, three dogs at home, if you always remember them, you will become a dog your next life. Don’t attach yourself to any worldly things. Try to attach your mind, heart, and soul to Krsna and His associates.
Always chant, “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.” Some devotees ask me, “What should we remember when we chant?
What should we think? How to chant?” Gurudeva, Vaisnavas, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu, tell us to always remember Krsna. You are all well aware of this. When you chant, cry for Krsna, “O Krsna, I want Your darsana. I want to serve You by my soul. But I haven’t realized my identity as spirit soul—a part and parcel of You. I want to have a relation with You. But that relationship is not being manifested. I don’t want my mind to be absorbed in worldly things, but it is absorbed anyway, owing to its uncontrolled nature.”
“O Hare Krsna! You are Srimati Radhika and Krsna Themselves. Krsna You are Hari, in no time as if by magic, You can steal my heart. Please give me energy and power. Make me a beneficiary of Your unconditional mercy. I am so fallen!”
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