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Fortune Pushed into Our Pocket

Today is the occasion of the disappearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada who has touched the hearts and minds of so many people around the world. His example and his teachings continue to inspire those who are touched by him, his movement and especially his books. Srila Prabhupada was living, breathing Bhagavatam. He was not looking for anything for himself but only concerned about what he can give all of us. He was constantly absorbed simply in the mood of trying to liberate as many conditioned souls as possible.

The following incident from the life of Srila Prabhupada proves how we have all been made fortunate by Srila Prabhupada.

Once one of the disciples of Srila Prabhupada asked him, “If someone is in a very degraded condition of life, modes of ignorance and passion. His mind always disturbed. In surrendering to Krishna, is it possible that he can be independent even of the mind?”

Prabhupada said, “You are independent of the mind always. It is your mind. You are not the mind. Then you are independent of the mind always.” The disciple again asked, “So even a person merged in the mode of ignorance can by some good fortune surrender to Krishna?”

“Not good fortune”, Prabhupada told, “God, Krishna says, ‘You do it. Here!'” Immediately you become fortunate. There is no question of waiting for becoming fortunate. You become fortunate immediately. Suppose if I say, ‘Take this bag, $100000.’ You can take it. Immediately you become rich man. Why don’t you take it?”

Understanding Prabhupada’s point that even good fortune is dependent on the mercy of the Lord, another disciple asked howkripa-siddhi (perfection attained simply by the blessings of a superior person) works.

Prabhupada’s reaction took everyone by surprise. ‘krpa-siddhi, means that you are not willing to take this bag of money. I say, ‘Take it! Take it! Take it!”. Prabhupada suddenly turned and very vigorously pushed the disciple in the stomach, as if he were trying to give him the imaginary bag. Everyone broke out laughing and were simultaneously astonished and delighted at the sudden abrogation of the formal guru disciple relationship. Srila Prabhupada continued the mimicry and the pushing. He feigned resistance – ‘No!’ – and then began pushing again. ‘That is krpa-siddhi. Even you are unwilling, I give you in your pocket, push it, that is krpa-siddhi.”

So on this day let us remember with gratitude, this great acharya who has forced the good fortune on all of us only because of his genuine compassion, purity and grace.

Thank you very much.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Vaijayanthimala devi dasi