There was a picture of Pulinda lady who came to Krsna and who was coming door to door selling some fruits, and Krsna as a child, when He heard that she was selling some fruit, He came out of the house and He brought some grains in His hand to exchange for the fruits – But because He was very small, he dropped all the grains on the floor! They all fell through his hands and everywhere. So in the end he had nothing left, but she didn’t mind. She just simply piled Him up with fruits! It was so nice. Then when she looked in her basket – the basket was filled with jewels!

So, it is Krsna’s magic basket! It is the magic basket of that Pulinda woman that is filled with jewels by Krsna. So this evening we are speaking about the jewels of Krsna.

In Caitanya Caritamrita it is stated that one should dig in the mines of the scriptures to collect the jewels from there. So it is interesting that jewels are available, but that one has to dig, and cannot expect the jewels to pop out of the sky: “Oh what’s that?”

I think that most of us have grown beyond the level of dreaming like that. We know that if you want something, then you have to work for it, you have to make a sacrifice. Digging in the mines of the scriptures, means a sacrifice. Isn’t it? That’s a fact. So sacrifice is there. In spiritual life we have to make an endeavour.

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Chowpatty, 11th December 2010)

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