(Kadamba Kanana Swami, South Africa 2010)

Family of Vaisnavas is somehow or other our support and Srila Prabhupad made this movement and it is a very personal movement.
In the beginning we overlook the fact of how important relationships are, because we are not use to it.
In material world when the relationship doesn’t work you just cut it off and try the other one and then the other one…
So many friends came – so many friends went in our material life – but spiritual relationships are very different because devotees are very rare, therefore devotees are very precious and the relationship with the devotees is precious.
Once the relationship is broken it’s difficult to repair. Like a broken pot… So, relationship also…
Therefore with devotees we can’t just afford mentality:
“Well, if doesn’t work get rid of this one and get the other one.” – Because the day will come that we will need all the devotees. The day will come that we will very much depend of Vaisnavas.
The Vaisnavas are sustaining us in our spiritual life, without them it becomes so difficult and the day will come when all artificial behavior in our relationships will have to go.
It will have to go, because that can not sustain us. Time will test us.
They say:” it all comes out in a wash.” It means that sooner or later it has to be real.
We need genuine relationship with devotees, therefore we must be careful to make sure that we avoid unpleasant exchanges between devotees. Even in sake of service one must be careful with unpleasant relationships.
Friendship between Vaisnavas.

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