Find Our Own Way

Find Our Own Way

Sri Ramchandra Das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva.

It was by the mercy of Gurudev that I had the association of our beloved Gurudev on 29th July 2008 along with my wife Sindhu and son Pranatatma Bandhu. In fact we felt that we will not be able to make it as couple of days back there were the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. Somehow I was determined to go to Rajkot and as I said earlier it was nothing but the mercy of Gurudev that I could be there in Rajkot with Maharaj.

The talk all around was about the blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore. How can we control this was the question in everybodys' mind and Maharaj then quoted the verse from SB 4.24.66 :

pramattam uccair iti krtya-cintayaa
pravrddha-lobham vishayeshu laalasam
tvam apramattah sahasaabhipadyase
kshul-lelihaano 'hir ivaakhum antakah

"My dear Lord, all living entities within this material world are mad after planning for things, and they are always busy with a desire to do this or that. This is due to uncontrollable greed. The greed for material enjoyment is always existing in the living entity, but Your Lordship is always alert, and in due course of time You strike him, just as a snake seizes a mouse and very easily swallows him."

Maharaj then gave us some wonderful insights and instructions which I am reproducing below :

1. Greed is the main cause of everything.
2. Nothing happens without Krishna.
3. Nothing is under our control.
4. Krishna is the remote cause of everything.

The most important thing Maharaj told was "We can't change anything. We have to find our own way and that way is Krishna Consciousness. Our duty is to always associate with Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam i.e. to read daily." In the current world of chaos the only solace in the words of our beloved Maharaj is -

1. Never get frustrated.
2. Have unflinching faith on Krishna.
3. Be simple.
4. Be contended.
5. Muster courage to face any situation.

In the purport of this verse Srila Prabhupada quotes from BG 3.27 which underlines the fact that foolish people who carry out these blasts thereby killing innocent lives are under the illusion that they are doing it :

prakrteh kriyamaanaani / gunai karmaani sarvashah
ahankaara vimudaatmaa / kartaaham iti manyate

"The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities which are in actuality carried out by nature."

In the last para of the purport Srila Prabhupada gives the solution how to end all these miseries:-"If one wants peace of mind and tranquillity in society, he must accept the fact that the real enjoyer is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Lord is the proprietor of everything all over the universe, and He is the supreme friend of all living entities as well. By understanding this, people can become happy and peaceful individually and collectively."

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sri Ramchandra Das,
Abu Dhabi