Tasting The Magic Of Giving

Posted on September 1, 2013 by admin-vasanti

Srila Gurudeva cites this instance to show that we can changeAi??peopleai??i??s hearts and bring them to Ka?i??a??a?i??a consciousness by engagingAi??their energy ai??i?? with or without their knowledge ai??i?? in the serviceAi??of Hari, Guru, and Vaia??a?i??avas, without being disheartened by theirAi??present conditioning:]

There is not only one world ai??i?? there are millions uponAi??millions of worlds. Within all these worlds, the eternal spiritAi??soul wanders through the various species of life, sometimesAi??taking the form of a man, sometimes a tree, and sometimes aAi??creeper or an animal. In the course of his wandering, if he isAi??fortunate he receives the association of pure devotees.

How does that good fortune occur? If one has performedAi??any activities related to Ka?i??a??a?i??a and His associates, or related toAi??anyone or anything connected with Ka?i??a??a?i??a, such as TulasAi??, HisAi??temples, or His land (Va?i??ndA?vana-dhA?ma, NavadvAi??pa-dhA?ma,Ai??or PurAi??-dhA?ma), that person becomes fortunate.

Here is an example of how one develops such fortune:Ai??There once was a Vaia??a?i??ava saint who used to go door-to-doorAi??throughout
Va?i??ndA?vana, in Vraja-maa?i??a??ala, begging for someAi??capA?tAi??s, rice, or any other foodstuffs. He used to call out,Ai??ai???Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a, Ka?i??a??a?i??a Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Hare, Hare RA?maAi??Hare RA?ma, RA?ma RA?ma Hare Hare,ai??? and sometimes ai???RA?dheAi??AsyA?ma, RA?dhe AsyA?ma!ai??? or ai???RA?dhe RA?dhe, RA?dhe RA?dhe!ai??? HeAi??was fully absorbed in ai???RA?dhe, RA?dhe, RA?dhe!ai???

One day he approached the door of an old lady who was in a very angry mood. She didnai??i??t want to hear ai???RA?dhe, RA?dheai??? or ai???Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a,ai??? and she rebuked him, saying, ai???Donai??i??t ever come to my door in the future, otherwise I will break this stick on your back! Always remember this! Donai??i??t come to my door!ai??? The Vaia??a?i??ava returned the next day at the same time, calling out again and again, ai???RA?dhe AsyA?ma!ai??? ai???RA?dhe, RA?dhe!ai??? and ai???Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a, Ka?i??a??a?i??a Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Hare, Hare RA?ma Hare RA?ma, RA?ma RA?ma Hare Hare.ai???

Furious, that lady again rebuked him. He therefore leftAi??the place, but he returned again on the third day. The ladyAi??thought, ai???Why heai??i??s coming, I donai??i??t know. He must be comingAi??just because he wants to eat something!ai???

In the midst of cleaning her room with cow-dung mixedAi??with water, she reprimanded the Vaia??a?i??ava, ai???Oh! You cameAi??again?!ai??? She picked up the moldy ai???worn-and-tornai??i?? cloth fullAi??with the cow-dung and water, and threw it at him. He gladlyAi??accepted the cloth and took it to the YamunA? River, where heAi??washed off the clay and rinsed it until it became clean andAi??smooth. Then, after it dried, he tore it into small pieces andAi??dipped those pieces into the ghee that someone else hadAi??donated to him. He made many small ghee wicks from this
ghee-soaked cloth, which he used to offer arA?ti (a worshipAi??ceremony) to his Deity.

Then, on the fourth day, he went again to that ladyai??i??s houseAi??and called out very loudly, ai???Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Ka?i??a??a?i??a, Ka?i??a??a?i??aAi??Ka?i??a??a?i??a Hare Hare, Hare RA?ma Hare RA?ma, RA?ma RA?ma HareAi??Hare.ai??? Now completely changed, that lady said, ai???O BA?bA?Ai??(respectable sA?dhu), wait a minute, I am coming.ai??? She gaveAi??him some capA?tAi??s and he gladly accepted them.

This is an example of suka?i??ti (a spiritual pious activity,Ai??performed knowingly or unknowingly, which creates spiritualAi??impressions on the heart of the performer and graduallyAi??qualifies him to do bhakti). She had ai???given somethingai??i?? to thatAi??saint, and he had utilized that in the service of Ka?i??a??a?i??a ai??i?? andAi??thus she came nearer to bhakti.

New York City, New York: May 25, 1998