Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Take Shelter of Chaitanya and Nityananda

Srila Prabhupada was travelling from Mexico to Miami in 1975, and He landed at the Atlanta Temple. When Srila Prabhupada arrived at the temple, He said that He was very glad to see the devotees. He knows that the devotees were having issues but the issue is not on the basis of material existence. The issue is that I am struggling to be a devotee which is good because Krishna Consciousness is sweet but it is a sweet struggle nevertheless. Srila Prabhupada used to say if you are struggling in Krishna Consciousness it's fine, but if you are struggling in material life that is not good. In one lecture Srila Prabhupada said, to be pure is not difficult but to be impure is very difficult. Similarly, if we struggle in material life we are going nowhere, but if we struggle in spiritual life we are going somewhere.

So Srila Prabhupada was hearing there were difficulties and in His first words He said, 'I am glad to see you and your temple is the best.' Hearing this, all devotees went in ecstacy and immediately Prabhupada took away all their anxieties. 'These two Lords Nityananda and Chaitanya, Srila Prabhupada says, They are very kind. Krishna demands surrender but Nityananda and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu say, come as you are. So take shelter of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy.'

- As told in a lecture by HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavat Maharaj

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