Sanätana Gosvämé was a principal associate of Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Before becoming a renunciate Sanätana was a prominent minister in the government of Nawab Hussain Shah of Bengal. However he decided to resign his position and ran away from custody. He was travelling with an assistant who carried with him eight gold coins. As they lodged in a roadside inn the owner came to know through an astrologer that the patron has gold on his person. That night the owner made plans to kill them both and take their gold. But Sanätana suspected that the owner was behaving in too friendly a way and decided to surrender the coins and in this way saved his life. Just five hundred years ago a common innkeeper in India had access to astrologer insights which were remarkably accurate.
Moving on to the topic of karma, we learn from the Bhagavad-gétä that only in the human form of life can we change our karma. How is it possible? Certainly it is humanly impossible but Lord Krishna assures that when we surrender to Him, He can change our karma.
Ever had a time in your life when you were completely helpless? You had no idea as to what you should be doing? You were
looking for someone who can pull you out of the mess in your life? If yes, then read on.
There are times in life when things go wrong. They go wrong by themselves and you cannot do anything about it. You may have tried many ways to solve your problems but your efforts were in vain. At the end of it, you just sit back, shattered and disappointed. So what is the solution? Surrender. And surrender not to the situation but to the Lord. Always remember, Lord is always there for you no matter what. Why are you thinking that you are in control of your situation? Keep in mind, God is in control of every situation. God’s will is the final will. If something is not happening do not be sad. On the contrary, think that it’s not happening because there’s something much better in store for you. And it will happen at the right time. Just be patient. When you surrender to the Lord, your pain will reduce. You will feel light. You will feel as if there’s someone there for you. You will sit back, relaxed.
Always remember, God loves you. All you have to do is love Him. Trust Him. And things will settle. Haribol!
Q : What is the difference between the original Krishna and Diety?
A : There is no difference. Diety is like the trial version of the software, and Krishna is like the full version. The trial version is identical to the full version but because it is given free of cost some of its features are locked.( For example, the Diety does not talk and dance, etc.)
When you are happy after using the trial version and wish to get a full version, you need to purchase it, and the price of chanting Hare Krishna and serving the Vaishnavas as your life and soul. Thus the trial version software gets unlocked into full version, and you can fully associate with Diety as you would have associated with Krishna Himself. This licence will work for only person—you .Hence pure devotees can talk dance play with Diety as they would with Krishna in Goloka.
We were all downloaded into this material world because of the virus of desires and attachments. In Satya-yuga we had to manually delete all the viruses and desires one by one, reboot after reboot (life after life)
In the Treta-yuga our computer knowledge decreased, so the yuga-dharma was to perform costly sacrifices and call the technician (Lord Vishnu) who used to come occasionally, delete the viruses and then to go back.
In the Dvapara-yuga our computers got so bad that the technician had to permanently open a local branch office (temple) and reside there.
But in Kali-yuga Lord Caitanya has give us a master CD known as harinama-sankirtana. When we put this CD in, it automatically deletes all the viruses, installs bhakti in our system, and takes us back to Godhead. This CD is free and is accompanied by free mp3 music as it does its job to keep you entertained. But this CD requires a license key: trinad api sunichena taror api sahishnuna, remaining humbler than a blade of grass and more tolerant than a tree.