Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev! Sorry for the long interval.
The following is Srila Prabhupada's nectar which really attracted me.Srila Prabhupada would speak from a large repertoire of traditional stories and apply them in different ways. His use of the story about the brahmana who lost his caste illustrates this nicely.
In India, there is a custom that Hindus never take their meals in the house of a Muhammadan or Christian or anyone other than a Hindu brahmana. But one brahmana was very hungry, and he went to a little known acquaintance and asked for some food. The man supplied the brahmana with a little foodstuff, but still hunger was not satisfied. When the brahmana asked the man for more food, the man said that he was sorry but he had no more."Oh," said the brahmana, disappointed. Then he asked, "Sir, which caste do you belong to?"
"I am Muhammadan," the man replied. Then the hungry man lamented, "Oh, I have lost my caste, and still I am hungry!"Srila Prabhupada told this story on one occasion to a devotee-artist. She had suggested to Prabhupada that she should improve her artistic craftsmanship by painting and selling non devotional pictures, and then after becoming talented and famous, she could better paint for Krsna. Srila Prabhupada replied that to come to the point of being a reputed artist would take a long time, but a devotee's time is short - and is only for serving Krsna. As for fame, Prabhupada said, according to Caitanya-caritamrta a man is famous who is known as a great devotee of Krsna. So, if she insisted on becoming a great artist, she would be like the brahmana who lost his caste but his belly remain unfilled.
- From the Nectar by HH Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami.
Srila Prabhupada's point from Sri Caitanya Caritamrita is the question Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asks of Srila Ramananda Raya and his reply.
Mahaprabhu asked, "kīrti-gaṇa-madhye jīvera kon baḍa kīrti?" (Out of all glorious activities which is the most glorious?)
Ramananda Raya replied, "kṛṣṇa-bhakta baliyā yāṅhāra haya khyāti" (That person who is reputed to be a devotee of Lord Krsna enjoys the utmost fame and glory).
We have practical proof to this point. Devotees like Prahlad Maharaj are glorified every day all over the world even after millions of years whereas materialistic personalities are forgotten in no time.
Thank you very much.
Krishna Candra das.
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