Real Independence

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

I came across a very nice quote, just thought of sharing with you all.

"The shortest distance between a problem and its solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to GOD can stand up to anything."

We have been told again and again to surrender to Krishna and this quote also says the same thing that if we bend down to Krishna we can stand up to anything, because once we surrender to Him, we have complete faith in Him and once we have complete faith in Him, problems get resolved on its own. My Grandmother used to sing dīna-bandu dīna-nāth meri dori terehāth - which means, "O Lord I am a puppet in Your hands and You are the one who makes this puppet move".

Hari Bol!
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Tina Rastogi

Moderator's Note: 
1. Tina Mathaji is a humble and sincere devotee living in Mumbai. She is well-placed as a recruitment consultant in a reputed company in the city. She is very inquisitive to know more and more about devotional service and always attends satsang programs conducted around the city. She is always very eager to go on a pilgrimage to the holy dhams and temples as soon as she gets some free time. She inspires her entire family, friends and relatives to take up devotional service seriously.

2. The pointed mathaji has quoted above reminded me of a very powerful verse in the Srimad Bhagavatam spoken by Srila NaradaMuni to Vyasadev (SB 1.6.7) - "īśasya hi vaśe loko yoṣā dārumayī yathā - The world is under the full control of the Supreme Lord; therefore everyone is like a wooden doll in the hands of a puppet master." None of us are independent in this material world as long as we identify ourselves with this material body. The sanskrit word for 'independence' - svatantra (We all know 'Independence day' is referred as 'svatantra divas') reveals the actual truth. The word 'svatantra' can be split into three parts - 'sva' (one's self or soul),'tan' (body), 'tra' (deliver). So svatantra actually means "delivering oneself from the entanglement of this body" (not just the freedom from a foreign rule or control of other gender). So this is real independence and this can be attained only if we surrender completely at the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord as Mataji has nicely stated above.