The Brahmana and the Cobbler

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

I just thought of adding a short note before this mail. While i read this mail before approving, i thought it must be definitely written by some devotees who has been reading Gita for quite some years now. But when i read the signature i was quite astonished, because the authors Prashant and Karthik are just 9 year old kids going to school in Abu Dhabi. When i recently visited this group in August-September, i was taken aback by the overflowing enthusiasm of the group. Moreover, the kids are so cute and enthusiastic and very very intelligent. Maharaj especially appreciated kids like Prashant and Karthik and all others to take up the study of Srimad Bhagavatam so seriously.

Personally i definitely learnt so many lessons from these kids, who show amazing interest in the study of scriptures. They are very simple in their heart, and most importantly non-envious, which makes them relish these subject matters so easily. Krishna only knows what landmarks these kids will achieve in another 20-25 years.

Your insignificant servant
Kalacakra das


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

This is a verse from Srimad Bhagavad gita - 2.8:

na hi prapashyaami mamaapanudhyaad
yach chokham ucchoshanam indriyaanaam
avaapya bhoomav asapatnam rddham
raajyam suraanaam api chadhipathyam

(Arjuna says this to Krishna): I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses .I will not be able to dispell it even if I win a prosperous,unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.

In the purport of this verse ,Srila Prabhupada quotes a very nice verse from the Vedas:

sat karma nipuno vipro / mantra tantra vishaaradhah
avaishnavo gurur na syaad / vaishnavah shva pacho guruh

"A scholarly brahmana, expert in all subjects of vedic knowledge, is unfit to become a spiritual master without being a Vaishnava ,or expert in the science of Krishna consciousness. But a person born in a family of lower caste can become a spiritual master if he is a Vaishnava or in Krishna consciousness."

Here is a nice story which goes with this verse: Once there lived a brahmana and a cobbler. Once Narada Muni went to see the brahmana. The brahmana asked Narada Muni "O great sage Narada,please let me know what Maha vishnu is doing and when I will get liberation." Then Narada Muni went to the cobbler.The cobbler asked Narada Muni the same question which the brahmana asked.Then Narada Muni went to Vishnuloka. Then Narada Muni told his experience to Maha Vishnu. Mahavishnu asked Naradha Muni to tell the brahmana that He was passing an elephant into a hole of a needle. Then He said, "If the brahmana or the cobbler tells you that he is delighted by that action you tell him that he will get liberation after this janma. If anyone of them laughs, tell him that he will get liberation after 1000 janmas."

So Narada Muni went to the brahmana and told him that the Lord was passing an elephant into the hole of the needle.The Brahmana laughed and said ,"How can an elephant enter into the hole of a needle?" Then Narada Muni went to the cobbler and said that Vishnu was entering an elephant into the hole of a needle. The cobbler was delighted and said,"Oh! My lord is doing such an interesting activity." After saying this he fell into trance.Then Narada Muni told him that he will get liberation after this janma. So we learn that a person is fit to become a spiritual master, even if he is born in a low caste family, if he has unflinching faith and devotion to Supreme Lord." 

In the previous purports we can see that we should surrender unto a spiritual master. In the purport of this verse, we see that how a spiritual master should be (the qualification of a guru ) and a person can become a spiritual master even if he is born in a low caste family.

Your humble servants,
Prashanth and Karthik
Abu Dhabi