Everything for Krsna and nothing for myself

    Posted on October 11, 2013



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I was staying in the Calcutta temple. The temple president had somehow become preoccupied with doing business - for the temple, but doing business nonetheless - and he wasn't taking care of the devotees. Most of the devotees were quite disturbed. We weren't getting proper food, we were new in India, and we depended on the temple president to make many arrangements for us. The devotees were just waiting for Srila Prabhupada to come. When Srila Prabhupada did come, many devotees approached him and complained about the conditions in the temple and about the temple president. Eventually Srila Prabhupada called a meeting with all the devotees, and he heard all of their complaints. He listened very sympathetically, very patiently, and then he made a managerial arrangement. He formed a committee, and he said that the committee should meet every week and that whatever they decided should be recorded in a book that everyone should sign. And then, whatever they decided, they should do. But then Srila Prabhupada's mood changed and he started talking about his own struggles - and I would say his own sufferings - in bringing Krsna consciousness to the West and spreading Krsna consciousness: two heart attacks; some buzzing in his brain in New York, as he explained it; and suffering in so many ways to spread Krsna consciousness. "I don't even wish to discuss how much I suffered," Srila Prabhupada said, "but I never complained because my policy was always 'Everything for Krsna and nothing for myself.'"

Many Moons - by Giriraj Swami - Torchlight Publishing 2012, pp 257-258

 

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