The Ultimate Solution

Krsna lunch

The Ultimate Solution
 
Serving Krsna is the constitutional position
Of every jiva, in whatever situation.
 
Forgetting this, he suffers unlimitedly,
Not realizing the problem ultimately.
 
He always tries to satisfy himself
By serving the body, considering it the actual self.
 
Trying his utmost to please bodily relatives,
He works very hard, ignorant of life’s true objectives.
 
Like the washerman’s ass bearing a great load,
The jiva expects “grass” at the end of the road.
 
He faithfully pampers cats and dogs,
Risking rebirth in a family of hogs.
 
In total pursuit of false happiness,
He thinks that sense gratification ends all distress.
 
By watering only twigs, branches, and leaves,
He all the more incessantly grieves.
 
He doesn’t realize that watering a tree’s roots
Naturally produces nectarean fruits.
 
By realizing that Krsna is the root of the tree,
And serving Him always–from bondage one is free.
 
Serving the Lord throughout one’s life
Ends all material strife.
 
So come along, to dance and sway!
Sing along! Chant and say:
 
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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About a week before Gita Jayanti, one devotee in Bombay went out to distribute Srimad Bhagavad Gita.At one place, he knocked the door but no one replied. He did not give up and again knocked the door, still it was unanswered. With firm determination to distribute Bhagavad Gita, he again knocked with a much greater force.

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Prabhupada Uvaca: “ What is that – chocolate?”

Chocolate

“What is that?” Prabhupada asked pleasantly as we offered our obeisances and sat before him.
“Well, the devotees are selling hot drinking chocolate at the new snack bar, Srila Prabhupada,” I said, “and I don’t think it’s bona fide. Mahavira prabhu thinks it is, so we thought we should ask you.”
“Hmm. So, what is it made from?” Prabhupada asked thoughtfully.
Mahavira raced back to the shop and brought the can. He read out the ingredients. “It’s mainly from cocoa, Srila Prabhupada.”
“Oh, cocoa. That, there is cocoa bean, it comes from this?”
“Yes, Srila Prabhupada.”    
“No, then it is not all right. If it is from cocoa bean you cannot take. That means caffeine.”
So that was it. The issue was settled, and hot drinking chocolate is no longer on the menu.

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