Kadamba Kanana Swami recently started reading a three volume series on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura complied by Bhakti Vikas Swami. He stressed the following quote in the van drive from … more
Maharaja Rantidev was approached by a hunter, just when he was about to eat. And how this hunter was…..he gave him half of his food. Half of what he had, he gave. But, then there were also dogs. And then he said:
“ Well, what about my dogs?” Then even the dogs. Again, Rantidev gave away everything. And just after, it turned out, that in the end some chandāla
came, and this chandāla – he begged. So Rantidev got the last little bit that he had and he gave that away. Just even at the very end, someone came and asked for his water. He was going to be satisfied with water, and they took away his water as well. And all the personalities that had come, they were actually the various demigods. They were asking Rantidev:
“ You have satisfied us. You have passed all the test. What benedictions do you want from us?”
And then Rantidev said: “ I don’t want any benediction. All I want is devotional service to the Supreme Lord”.
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31st August 2010)