Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
We keep hearing that this human birth is very rare - one in 8 million 400 thousand species and that too to take to path of devotional service is also very very rare. By causeless mercy of Sri Guru and Vaishnavas, when we somehow get this fortune of practising devotional service, what is our duty in this world?
In mundane life when we kept some precious gift from others, we feel very happy to receive it. But unless we feel compassion for others who don't have that gift, we would not care to share the gift with others. Likewise the path of devotional service - Krishna consciousness is a "matchless", "priceless" gift from Srila Prabhupada. We should not only value or treasure this gift, but also have the responsibility to pass on the legacy to others.
Is it enough if we simply do our prescribed duties, sadhana and just mind our own business and leave? But can we imagine what would have happened if His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and all other acaryas had also thought in those lines? Most of us would have never come to know what is devotion at all. As Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura writes in his Gitavali song "Nadiya Godrume Nityananda Mahajan" jīve doyā, kṛṣṇa-nām—sarva-dharma-sār - The showing of compassion to other souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Krsna is the essence of all forms of religion.
Srila Prabhupada showed his compassion to all souls not just by his pure chanting, but he gave Krishna to all. For this purpose he did not mind his own personal inconveniences. We can see this nice mood of Srila Prabhupada in one of his lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.3.14-15, given in Los Angels on May 31 1972.
His Divine Grace says, "So life is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So if you actually feel for your country, for your community, for your people, just spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. They're dying. You spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they'll come again to life, and everything will be actually beautiful. That is my request. I came to your country with this mission, that "The American people, they are feeling frustration. If they take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they'll be happy, and others will follow their example." So now, some of you, my advanced students, you have understood the philosophy. Some of you have taken sannyāsa. So go town to town, village to village. Preach this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Bring them to life, so this frustration will be stopped. The leaders of the society, the politician, they should take care where they are going.
May we remember the words of His Divine Grace, cherish and treasure the loving gift of Krishna consciousness which he has given us and try our level best to give to all.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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