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“I have a lot of knowledge, but I don't have a submissive attitude. I have to be trained up by this process of bhakti-yoga.”

SOMEONE ON THE STREET

Gita Govinda dasi is a sankirtan devotee living in Tokyo, Japan. She tells this story of a nice man she met on book distribution.


I met a nice man
By Gita Govinda dasi

CHAKRA (Tokyo, Japan) - I met a nice person on book distribution in Japan who already received Srila Prabhupada’s book 5 years before. He had met Madhumangala das and Damodara das 5 years ago as well as seen a Harinam party. He also had met Caitanya Priya devi dasi just a week ago and bought a book from her, and again he bought all the other books that I had from me. He was obviously very appreciative of Srila Prabhupada’s books. He had an amazing story.

“I spend my time half for work and the other half is for spiritual time and have been living for the last 40 years in this way. I want to know the absolute truth,” he told me.

He said that he tried to inquire into all kinds of religion but that he didn’t find they taught the highest thing. “They have a similar way of teaching to what Krsna teaches, but it’s covered. So I realized that it would be better if I went directly to learn from the Krsna Society.”

He said that he found it difficult to understand that God was a person but gradually he was able to accept that. “I have a lot of knowledge,” he said, “but I don’t have a submissive attitude. So I have to be trained up by this process of bhakti yoga.” Recounting that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s spiritual master told the Lord that He was a fool and should therefore just chant Hare Krsna, my friend said, “I want to follow in Lord Caitanya’s footsteps. I want to join the Harinam party. I have many kind of spiritual books in my room but they are all garbage. I realized that all knowledge is included in Srila Prabhupada’s books.” He then told me, “I will throw away all these books. Gradually I want to finish my job and surrender 100% to Krsna. Srila Prabhupada is empowered by Krsna, and I want to become an instrument of Krsna also. Then I want to spread Krsna Consciousness in my birth land.” He was from Okinawa, Japan.

The man gave me a big donation and said that his money was Krsna’s property. “So we don’t have anything that is our own property,” he told me.

He said he wanted to try to come morning Srimad-Bhagavatam lecture in our temple here in Japan.

A few days later he came to the temple and was very enlivened. He was not young person. But he didn’t care about what other people might be thinking. He was dancing and jumping in the kirtan.

He already started to distribute books to his friends. He was speaking with a pastor friend about spiritual life and the pastor told him that he wanted to read the Krsna Book and Bhagavad-gita. In this way he started to distribute books.

I am reminded of a verse from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4th Canto, Chapter 20, text 25: “My dear Lord, You are glorified by the selected verses uttered by great personalities. Such glorification of Your lotus feet is just like saffron particles. When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet, the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You. Devotees thus gradually come to the right conclusion about the value of life. My dear Lord, I therefore do not need any other benediction but the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your pure devotee.”

Trancendental Book distribution Ki jaya!

Your insignificant servant,
Gita Govinda dasi (Japan)

© CHAKRA 13-Oct-1999

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