Teachings in Gurukul - Part 3

Teachings in Gurukul - Part 3

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Sudarshana devi dasi

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of class given by our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj to Gurukul girls in Alachua. In previous offering we heard from Maharaj about the Gurukul days spent by Krishna and Sudama and how years later Sudama went to meet Krishna at the request of his wife. So far we saw the below points.

1) Like Sudama, we should also lovingly approach Krishna, without any material motives.
2) Effects of cold shower.
3) Loving dealings amongst friends.

Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.

4. Be humble: As soon as Krishna saw Sudama, He immediately took him to His bedroom. He made him sit on his bedstead and Krishna washed his legs, with His own hands. If you wash the feet, then it will relieve your fatigue. Because after travelling, we feel very tired. Here, the travelling is not very tired. It is bit comfortable. But in India many times you have to walk and you will feel tired. So your feet requires some massage. And that massage with cold water is the best. And that is why, it is a custom in India that whenever big person comes home, we should wash their feet. Sudama was not big enough, but Krishna is very humble and so we should learn this humility from Krishna. The more humble you are, the more you will be liked by everybody. And if you are liked by everybody, your health will improve. If somebody dislikes us, then we lose our health. If everybody likes us, then we improve our health. And we are very happy. So we should behave in such a way, that everybody should like us. Don't do some mischief. If you do that, you will lose your health. So if you want very nice health, please always be humble and stay in a place like this. Everybody will like you. And if you serve anybody and everybody, if you do your duties nicely, then you will be liked by everybody. 

This is how, Sudama was very comfortable in the palace and Krishna gave him new clothes to wear. Sudama was very happy. He didn't ask anything. He was very satisfied with the darshan of Krishna. He told him, "Friend, I am very happy to see you. I did not see you for a long time and now I have met you." They talked about the gurukul days. They remembered it very nicely. This is how They passed Their time. He stayed with Krishna for a few days and eventually the time came when he had to leave. So when he was leaving, he started walking from palace to the gate, Krishna was accompanying him and He told, "Hey Sudama, stay here for some more time." Sudama asked, "Why?" Krishna said, "These new clothes are Mine. You take your rags." And He took the new clothes and forced him to put on the rags. Sudama was not disturbed at all. So this is how Krishna tests us like this. Krishna did not want the new clothes back at all. He wanted to give Sudama much more than that. But He wanted to test His devotee. This is how devotees are tested by Krishna. So we should never be angry with Krishna or upset with our ownselves. Then we will be peaceful.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.