Material Problem, Spiritual Solution

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

I went through an interesting incident a few days back...

The other day I went to my friend's house hoping it would be a nice preaching opportunity to talk to her parents. I didn't even walk in the door when her mother asked me, "What is your mother tongue?" I told her I speak English that I am not directly from India, I was born in Trinidad. Her parents kept avoiding me the whole day. I figured I had plenty of time to do some preaching no big deal. The next day I call my friend and asked her what her parents thought of me. Her parents are hard to please but I thought I was a good kid. She said they had no complaints except that because I am not directly from India they dont want my association. Oh Krishna, I was so angry!! I had been well behaved, intelligent, friendly, chaste and such and such but because I am not from India they don't like me?! What nonsense! That made me restless that night, I was planning an evil scheme of chastisement for the next visit to her house. At mangala arati next day the plan changed though...

What Srila Prabhupada says in Srimad Bhagavatam...
Purport of 1.2.19 "...A devotee is always in the mode of unalloyed goodness; therefore he harms no one. But the non-devotee, however educated he may be, is always harmful. A devotee is neither foolish nor passionate. The harmful, foolish and passionate cannot be devotees of the Lord, however they may advertise themselves as devotees by outward dress. A devotee is always qualified with all the good qualities of God. Quantitatively such qualifications may be different, but qualitatively both the Lord and His devotee are one and the same."

Okay so that paragraph was like a smack in the face. How could I have been so stupid? I am a devotee- well a struggling devotee- well a sad attempt at trying to be a devotee. I shouldn't think on the same level as my friend's parents I should be more compassionate to them instead of being angry and chastising them. This reminded me of Nityananda's encounter with Jagai and Madhai. Though they were very lowly and cursed and hurt Him in the worst of ways he still preached to them and was merciful to them and they were saved. Her parents may not like me but I should still be a nice person, invite them to programs, distribute prasadam, give classes etc. And if Krishna Wishes then they will be rid of their "skin disease".

Forever and ever
Yours in service,
Praveen Jamunar