The Tale of Two Seas

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
Few days ago we received a very nice article from one of our friends about the tale of two seas - Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee.

"Dead Sea is so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% - almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. That is how it gets its name. The Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from River Jordan. And yet, they are very, very different. Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colourful marine life. There are lots of plants. And lots of fish too.... In fact, the Sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes. Same region, same source of water; yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead. How come?

Here apparently is why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out - and that keeps the Sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life. But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from River Jordan, but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over a million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day, leaving it salty and too full of minerals and unfit for any marine life. The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. Result? No life at all.

Think about it. Life is not just about getting. It is about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee. We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea. If we get the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more everything the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets. Many outlets ... for love and wealth - and everything else that you get in your life. Make sure you don't just get, you give too. Open the taps. And you'll open the floodgates to happiness. "When God gives you something,don't raise your standard of living, instead raise your standard of giving or charity". Otherwise, we would become like that Dead sea."

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 11.19.37 Lord Krishna says to Uddhava - 'daṇḍa-nyāsaḥ paraṁ dānaṁ' - "The greatest charity is to give up all aggression toward others."  To be aggressive means to be very hostile or violent with others. Now we may wonder how ahimsaa or non-violence is greatest charity. Srila Prabhupada beautifully explains the word ahimsaa in his purport to verses 13.8-12 in Bhagavad Gita as follows. "Nonviolence is generally taken to mean not killing or destroying the body, but actually nonviolence means not to put others into distress. People in general are trapped by ignorance in the material concept of life, and they perpetually suffer material pains. So unless one elevates people to spiritual knowledge, one is practicing violence. One should try his best to distribute real knowledge to the people, so that they may become enlightened and leave this material entanglement. That is nonviolence."

So giving Krishna to others is the greatest gift and when we fail to do this, we are actually practising violence against them.  If we don't share this priceless gift of devotional service which has been mercifully bestowed upon us by Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada, we will become stagnant, lifeless, bitter, and caustic. However, if we like the Sea of Galilee are receiving and giving back, we become vibrant, healthy and life-giving. On this auspicious month of Damodara, may we remember the words of Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada, Srila Gurudeva and all the tireless efforts of the great Vaishnavas who blessed us the gift of Krishna bhakti and as a token of gratitude to them, make a honest sincere effort to pass it on to others.

Sri Sri Radha Damodar ki Jai ! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! Srila Gurudev ki Jai !

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