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Make Krishna first priority of your life, you won’t be the loser………


Srila Prabhupada, when he came to Mumbai, he knew that the people were very materialistic here and very much thinking of money and politics. He left Mumbai with thirty-five rupees. Thirty-five rupees in those days were just a few dollars. And he went across the ocean on a cargo ship. When he went to New York, he was in a place where he was just a guest in someone’s house. And then in the bowery in New York, at times, he was living with materialistic people. They had just one room flat. And they just hung a little cloth at one little corner and he slept in that little corner of that room. And they were doing all illicit kinds of activities. And the woman didn’t even like him. She considered him as a threat to her existence. The man was favorable and the woman totally disliked him. And even harassed him. But he had nowhere else to go. He was sleeping on the floor. When he did his translations, he just had his little trunk, little suitcase, he would write on. He did not know where his next meal would come from. And shortly after he came to Mumbai and he built this big beautiful marble temple in Juhu. And he had big beautiful temple in New York, and in London, Sydney, Chicago, Hamburg, Paris. Srila Prabhupada explained one day to big people in Mumbai that “In our movement, our devotees are spending upto 20 lakhs a day and making more than that. And I left with nothing. But I tried to please Krishna. I put Krishna’s priority first”. Look. The big business people, when they go to other places, they have to go to some Oberoi Hotel, Taj Mahal Hotel or Holiday Inn or Sheraton Hotel. And you check in. Nobody likes you. Out of respect they, “Oh Sir. Let me carry your bag. But give me a tip of 5 dollars.” There is no love. Somehow or the other you go to buy a meal from a restaurant. They just want your money. That is all. Any politeness, any niceness is only because that’s the best way to grab your money. No love. But Srila Prabhupada had 108 centers all over the world. Anywhere in the world, there were 108 devotees at the Airport waiting for him chanting, “Jai Prabhupada.” And they had the best cars they could get. And they took him. When he came to the temples they had beautiful arrangements and devotees would cook prasad with such love and devotion. And there are hundreds of people just practically fighting to get to do something for Prabhupada. Let me carry his bag. I remember once when Prabhupada came to the temple. Everyone wanted to do so many things. You can give him the garland. You can take off his shoes. And you can wash his feet. And you can open the door of the car when he comes. Any little thing, everyone was so excited. And Prabhupada didn’t care for any of these things. He didn’t for people serving him. He just cared to serve all these people, to give his life for all these people. But in response they wanted to give their lives for him. What did he do? He made Krishna priority of his life. Was he the loser on any level? Absolutely not. I am trying to serve Srila Prabhupada in whatever way I can. And I will say, I hadn’t had a job since a long time. And I also have prasad. Where it comes from? I don’t know. Usually there are so many invitations. We turn down 99 invitations and may accept one. We are devotees, if we just have faith in Krishna; Krishna is great; Krishna always protects His devotees.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

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