(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21st November 2012, Cape Town, South Africa)
There is a kund, a very nice one with stone steps and so on. That kund is dedicated to surrender. That is where the gopis completely surrendered everything to Krsna. So, I decided that since I’m not so surrendered by nature, many times my mind has been like, ‘Do I really have to do this?’ You know what the mind can do! So, I decided to jump in that kund and some others did it also… almost a whole bus (load of people), we all jumped in, that was nice!
In Vrndavan, one can do such things in a hope to get some mercy, in a hope that one’s surrender will increase. This mercy is so available and we need it. So, one has to strive for mercy, one has to go after it… go find it! Some devotees are really good at it; like Bhurijan Prabhu is good at it. He heard that somewhere there was a chadaar that had been used by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura. So he decided, ‘I have to have that chadaar!’ He fixed his mind on it, ‘I have to have it.’
And he went there and he gave donations and he got that original chadaar of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura! Then do you know what he did with it? You won’t believe this. He took scissors and cut it into pieces. Some of you will go, ‘Oh no, mahā-aparādha!’
He cut the whole chadaar in pieces and then he made little cardboard frames. He put little pieces of chadaar into that, then he went all the vaisnavas and he begged them. He said, ‘I have here a little piece of the original chadaar of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura. Please accept this gift and shower me with your mercy!