Why Is God Doing This To Me?

BY RADHANATH SWAMI

We waited. And waited. It was a sweltering summer day in the Florida panhandle. The morning sun glared through the expansive windows of an airport departure gate. There, a young blond haired lady, neatly uniformed with a blue vest over a pressed white shirt and matching blue pants, stepped up to the counter, timidly surveyed the room, then announced a one hour delay. Passengers sighed, edgy to escape from the heat and travel north. With cellular phones pressed to their ears, they persistently glanced at their wristwatches. Among them stood a middle-aged woman. She had nicely coiffed reddish-brown hair. Her dress and demeanor hinted that she was a lady of wealth and taste.

Suddenly, she flushed red, flung her boarding pass and screamed, “No! You can’t do this to me.” Her outrage jolted the assembly. Everyone stared as she stomped to the counter, stuck her finger in the face of the receptionist and shouted, “I warn you, do not anger me. Put me on that plane, at once!” The airline hostess cowered. “But ma’am, there’s nothing I can do. The air conditioning system of the plane has broken down.”

The woman’s lips quivered. Her eyes burned and she screeched louder, “Don’t you fight with me, you stupid child. You don’t know who I am. Damn it, do something. Now! I can’t take it.” She ranted on and on. After finishing her verbal lashing, she fumed and scanned the lounge. Her eyes landed on me sitting alone in a corner of the room in my saffron colored swami robes. She stormed toward me while everyone looked on. Now, standing almost on top of me, her face distorted with anger, she yelled, “Are you a monk?”Oh God, I thought, why me. I really didn’t need this. After an arduous week of lectures and meetings, I just wanted to be left alone. “Answer me,” she persisted. “Are you a monk?” “Something like that,” I whispered. Continue reading

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Crookedness in Devotional Service

BY SRILA JIVA GOSVAMI

Source: Krishna Katha-mrita Bindu (Gopal-Jiu publications)

Due to the presence of many offenses, the Lord does not accept service from the crooked, even if they offer him many valuable items. This was seen when Krishna went to the capital of Duryodhan as a messenger on behalf of the Pandavas. Although Duryodhan tried to win Krishna over with a royal reception and great opulence, Krishna rejected Duryodhana’s hospitality because of Duryodhana’s offensive attitude towards Krishna’s devotees. Continue reading

Remembrance of Aindra prabhu by Jananivas prabhu

BY JANANIVAS DAS

Source: Mayapur.TV

We all know the great inspiration that Aindra was in our movement. I have never met more ecstatic person than Aindra. Not only in his kirtan but whenever we speak to him, Whatever he is speaking he is so intense and fully absorbed. He resides in that it is not only in dancing whatever mood he may it is all ecstatic whatever he is talking, it is all ecstatic. Once, years ago, when I was in Vrndavan, Aindra was performing kirtan suddenly he would jumped up opposite to me and he was facing me and dancing, it appeared as if small deity of Gaura Nitai dancing, so much ecstasy, I could feel it, ecstasy emanating from him. It was like a miracle before my eyes, I was standing seeing that miracle. He was like electric. Continue reading