(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 January 2008, Stockholm, Sweden) We cannot just declare, “I have surrendered!” No, one has to surrender again and again; it is an ongoing process. One has to gain the … more
The modes of ignorance is actually affecting our behaviour and it is very difficult in the association of the vaisnavas to learn how to behave properly. But this is exactly what we have to learn. We have to truly become favourably disposed to it’s everyone. So that is when we see great personalities – that is their nature. They are favourably disposed to it’s everyone, and you see someone like Prabhupada – even he could chastise someone, but they still felt that actually he is very very merciful and kind, because underneath it he was totally favourably disposed. So this is a great point in spiritual life.
As the years go by – this becomes more and more prominent – vaisnava relationships. Day by day it becomes more important. Everyday in our spiritual life, the importance of vaisnava relationships is just slowly dawning upon us – little by little. As we are coming to the end of our life and realise that; “ Actually my main fault is that I didn’t do very well in the relationships of the vaisnavas. I have offended many”.
And it says that a saintly person at the end of his life is inclined to ask forgiveness. Srila Prabhupada also did. He asked several of his god brothers for forgiveness.
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Melbourne, October 2010)