Sunday, January 24, 2016

How Russian Lady Found Krishna

My Bhagavad-gita As it is

I remember Srila Prabhupada once said in one lecture: "Somehow or other, if our book goes into someone's hands, they will be benefited. At least he will see, Oh, they have taken so much price. Let me see what is there." If he reads even one sloka, his life will be successful. 

Even if he reads only one sloka, even one word. This is such a nice thing. Therefore we are stressing so much, "Please distribute our books, distribute books, distribute books." A greater mrdanga. We are chanting, playing our mṛdanga. It is heard within this room or little more. But this books mrdanga, this will go home to home, country to country, community to community, this is the big mrdanga.

My father bought a Bhagavad-gita before I was even born, but he didn't really become a devotee since he interpreted it in his own way. He could not have the full benefit from it. About 20 years later, I found the book in our house and I remember that I opened it, because I saw Krishna's picture and He looked so beautiful. 

I opened one page and read these 2 verses :
"And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt."- Bg 8.6

"Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail. " -Bg 8.6

So I thought, "Oh great, that is right, its the secret to life. I should think of Krishna when I die." I didn't really read the rest since I was still not fond of reading books as teenager. I left the book in my room and 1 year passed. 

I often thought about these 2 verses that I read. Especially when I was in danger, I would think, "Now I will have to think about Krishna, so if I die, I will go to Him." Then some months passed and I again remembered these 2 verses when my grandmother was dying. 

I thought that if she could now think about Krishna, she would go to Him, but I was not a devotee at that time and didn't know more than these 2 verses, so I didn't know how to make her think of Krishna. Again, some more time passed and I wanted to know more about yoga since I knew I am not this body. 

I wanted to know who am I? I was searching a lot but was not satisfied with the various answers, and so one day in my room I looked again at the Bhagavad-gita and I opened it. This time, I read the whole book. 

I found all the answers in it. I had no picture of Krishna, so I put Bhagavad - gita on an altar, and I said, "Krishna now I surrender to you, please help me." This is how everything began. Now I read Bhagavad-gita every day with my mother. 

This is why it is very important to distribute books whenever we can . As Prabhupada said -- even if we read one verse -- our life will be successful.

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

[PADA: Yep, every day another person finds Krishna. Actually every day -- many, many persons find Krishna. This story is a great example. And, at least some of the people who found Krishna -- are reading our sites.]  

Chapter 18: Conclusion - The Perfection of Renunciation TEXT 65

Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.

The most confidential part of knowledge is that one should become a pure devotee of Kṛṣṇa and always think of Him and act for Him. One should not become an official meditator. Life should be so molded that one will always have the chance to think of Kṛṣṇa. 

One should always actin such a way that all his daily activities are in connection with Kṛṣṇa. He should arrange his life in such a way that throughout the twenty-four hours he cannot but think of Kṛṣṇa. And the Lord's promise is that anyone who is in such pure Kṛṣṇa consciousness will certainly return to the abode of Kṛṣṇa, where he will be engaged in the association of Kṛṣṇa face to face. 

This most confidential part of knowledge is spoken to Arjuna because he is the dear friend of Kṛṣṇa. Everyone who follows the path of Arjuna can become a dear friend to Kṛṣṇa and obtain the same perfection as Arjuna.

These words stress that one should concentrate his mind upon Kṛṣṇa-the very form with two hands carrying a flute, the bluish boy with a beautiful face and peacock feathers in His hair. There are descriptions of Kṛṣṇa found in the Brahma-saṁhitā and other literatures. 

One should fix his mind on this original form of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. He should not even divert his attention to other forms of the Lord. The Lord has multi-forms, as Visnu, Narayana, Rama, Varaha, etc., but a devotee should concentrate his mind on the form that was present before Arjuna. Concentration of the mind on the form of Kṛṣṇa constitutes the most confidential part of knowledge, and this is disclosed to Arjuna because Arjuna is the most dear friend of Krsna's.

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