Seated in an auto-rickshaw that had found the red light at a busy city intersection, what else could I expect but black smoke? Destiny, however, surprised me with a little sweet encounter.
I spotted a street urchin who darted from vehicle to vehicle, begging. Moments later she reached me, her expression pleading for charity. I deftly reached my handbag’s front pocket to pull out the box in which I always carry cookies for such occasions. .
Radhanath Swami advises us to ignore the mind while chanting Hare Krishna, lest it deludes us and distracts us from the path of spiritual progress:
“In life, some of the most dangerous enemies cannot be seen, we don’t even know they are there; we may even consider them as our friends. That is the way the mind works.” .
Chanting japa session is after all the exclusive time of the soul with Krishna. It's the time when we can depend on Krishna and promise Him that whatever we are doing or are planning to do is for His exclusive pleasure. Radhanath Swami offers a sobering thought,
“ In whatever we do in our lives, we’ve to use our God given intelligence to analyse, what I speak, what I do, what I think, is it perpetuating my material enjoyment or is it purifying me; is it taking me further away from God or is it bringing me closer to Him” .
Radhanath Swami says blaming God for our weak resolve is unacceptable. At the same time sometimes when our chanting is good we are tempted to take credit for our good chanting and feel we are special. However no sooner we feel we are good in chanting, the Holy Names withdraw the grace and we realize once again that chanting is beyond me. Radhanath Swami offers a nice meditation that we can practise during success in chanting, “We can’t do anything without God’s help.We cannot see or even breathe without God’s help. So how could we take credit for what we do?” .