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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 422
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,
You are very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. I am eternally and especially indebted to you for saving me from impersonalism. Nirvisesha I did not have too much problem with because nothing was to be found there ! But I must confess that before I discovered your amazing Krishna Book in the public library I was prone to investigate the Mayavadis. Kirpal Singh stated that if we knew how much God loved us, we'd be singing and dancing. But he himself wasn't singing and dancing. I found that odd. Meher Baba was reputed to be a God-man, but somehow it didn't seem right that God would be a middle-aged man with a receding hairline and a mustache. In Be Here Now, Ram Dass expressed some genuine devotional sentiment, but then diluted it with impersonal conception. So I was quite relieved to discover your lovely Krishna books. Ar first I thought that the stories were fables. I was fascinated during childhood by Aesop's fables and was also impressed by a picture book depicting incidents from the Old Testament. The supernatural powers of Moses were especially impressive and I remember that my mom took me as a child to see the 50s movie The Ten Commandments, which left a lasting impression on my mind. Yet in the Hebrew tradition I grew up with, the final verdict of Godhead was that of an impersonal, unseen absolute. But being already a bit open to supernatural themes, I began reading Krishna book. You very cleverly interspersed the philosophy of KC into the story line, and by reading Krishna book, I became convinced of the viability of Bhagavat philosophy. Later, I began reading Bhagavad-gita, and although Initially I didn't agree with every verse I read, and found it especially difficult to accept the ontology of the three modes of material nature to be a conclusive explanation (it seemed too simple) of the mechanics of material nature, after continually reading it for several years, I became convinced, and now I love to preach using Gita verses as substantiation.
42 years after 1st initiation, I still struggle with the great leap it takes to go from nitya baddha, a conditioned soul, to nitya siddha, a liberated soul. I am taking it in small, gradual steps using the tortoise technique, as told in Aesop's fables I read long ago. After all, the tortoise eventually won the race !! I am now somewhere between jnana and vijnana, theoretical knowledge and realized knowledge. I am attempting to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. I still have a few remnants of the old neophyte patterns left to eradicate, but I am working towards the more inviting and advanced viewpoints held by madhyam adhikaris. I see a long struggle ahead, likely lasting many more lifetimes, how many I cannot say. But if even a highly conditioned soul such as myself can hold fast to the ultimate goal of uninterrupted and unmotivated devotional service, there is hope.
With love and admiration, your disciple, Anandamaya das
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,
You are very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. I am eternally and especially indebted to you for saving me from impersonalism. Nirvisesha I did not have too much problem with because nothing was to be found there ! But I must confess that before I discovered your amazing Krishna Book in the public library I was prone to investigate the Mayavadis. Kirpal Singh stated that if we knew how much God loved us, we'd be singing and dancing. But he himself wasn't singing and dancing. I found that odd. Meher Baba was reputed to be a God-man, but somehow it didn't seem right that God would be a middle-aged man with a receding hairline and a mustache. In Be Here Now, Ram Dass expressed some genuine devotional sentiment, but then diluted it with impersonal conception. So I was quite relieved to discover your lovely Krishna books. Ar first I thought that the stories were fables. I was fascinated during childhood by Aesop's fables and was also impressed by a picture book depicting incidents from the Old Testament. The supernatural powers of Moses were especially impressive and I remember that my mom took me as a child to see the 50s movie The Ten Commandments, which left a lasting impression on my mind. Yet in the Hebrew tradition I grew up with, the final verdict of Godhead was that of an impersonal, unseen absolute. But being already a bit open to supernatural themes, I began reading Krishna book. You very cleverly interspersed the philosophy of KC into the story line, and by reading Krishna book, I became convinced of the viability of Bhagavat philosophy. Later, I began reading Bhagavad-gita, and although Initially I didn't agree with every verse I read, and found it especially difficult to accept the ontology of the three modes of material nature to be a conclusive explanation (it seemed too simple) of the mechanics of material nature, after continually reading it for several years, I became convinced, and now I love to preach using Gita verses as substantiation.
42 years after 1st initiation, I still struggle with the great leap it takes to go from nitya baddha, a conditioned soul, to nitya siddha, a liberated soul. I am taking it in small, gradual steps using the tortoise technique, as told in Aesop's fables I read long ago. After all, the tortoise eventually won the race !! I am now somewhere between jnana and vijnana, theoretical knowledge and realized knowledge. I am attempting to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. I still have a few remnants of the old neophyte patterns left to eradicate, but I am working towards the more inviting and advanced viewpoints held by madhyam adhikaris. I see a long struggle ahead, likely lasting many more lifetimes, how many I cannot say. But if even a highly conditioned soul such as myself can hold fast to the ultimate goal of uninterrupted and unmotivated devotional service, there is hope.
With love and admiration, your disciple, Anandamaya das
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