Samsara Sagara

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

The following is an interesting mail sent by Sriman Ramasrai Prabhuji a few days back. Just FYI, he works in the middle of the ocean in oil rig (to extract oil) in Abu Dhabi. Even while in the middle of the ocean, he had the dedication and eagerness to share his wonderful realization with all of us. I hope one day I will get one-thousandth part of his enthusiasm and eagerness to study the scriptures and share the overflowing wealth of knowledge with others.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra das.

Mail from Ramasrai Prabhuji:

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Kindly accept my fallen dandavats. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to our beloved Maharaj.

All of us are bitten by the serpent of doubts, no matter if we are an atheist or a neophyte devotee. The only difference between the two is that atheists are scared to clear their doubts as it will ultimately challenge their false ego, whereas on the other hand neophyte devotees though they have doubts, it is on the positive side - toward Krishna consciousness, and if they take proper shelter of Sadhu and Shastra then their doubts will ultimately be removed. Of course, there is one problem with all of us (especially neophytes) - we, out of our Ego, start using our so-called Common Sense, to clear our doubts without obeying the instruction given by great acharyas. This happens because of our self-confidence (which quite often transforms into over-confidence in a subtle way) and with our very limited knowledge we start analyzing the scripture on our own whims neglecting the truth given by Shastras. While doing this we just forget our insignificant existence compared to the vast ocean of knowledge given in the scripture. It is here that we start using so-called Common sense, which is very dangerous as it leads to a false interpretation of the facts, deviating us from the real truth. Srila Prabhupada has warned all such overconfident devotees, not to use their "so-called" common sense while reading the scripture. We just have to take it for granted that whatever written in the scripture is 1000% True and we have no business to twist the truth, but if we read the scripture with conviction and in humble state of mind taking each word to be true then surely there will be no need to use our imperfect common sense, for the Lord being pleased by our devotion will automatically clear all our doubts as Lord Krishna Himself has told in verse 10.11of Bhagvad Gita:

teṣām evānukampārtham aham ajñāna-jaṁ tamaḥ
nāśayāmy ātma-bhāva-stho jñāna-dīpena bhāsvatā

To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.

Lord Krishna says, "I sitting in their heart (those who are totally surrendered) shall dispose of the darkness of ignorance by the lamp of Knowledge."

Let me confess that I too have doubts and as others, I too used my so-called imperfect common sense to convince myself (until I read Srimad Bhagavatam 2nd canto first chapter) after that I took a vow that from now onwards I shall not use my imperfect common sense while reading the scriptures and will stick to whatever written in the scripture and in the purport so nicely explained by Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna!
Your aspiring servant,
Ramasrai
Abu Dhabi.