(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture)

Srila Rupa Goswami said, “Do not go to Kesi Ghat if you have material desires.” But when Krsna plays his flute in Vrindavan how can one not go. We should all go to Vrindavan. Srila Prabhupada used to tell the story of the thief in a village…

Krsna is unlimitedly beautiful. One of His flutes is called sammohini, the bewildering flute. Krsna is always dressed beautifully and on His chest He has a big Kastubha jewel. Once a thief heard about that and he thought that his life would be made if he would have that jewel. He fantasised about stealing that jewel from Krsna. He searched for Krsna everywhere near Govardhan. He walked near Govardhan every day and then one day he saw Krsna covered with jewels. He said to Krsna, “Come on now! Give me all your jewels!” Krsna refused, he said, “Mother Yashoda will be angry if I give you my jewels.” Still the thief insisted that Krsna should give him all the jewels. Then finally Krsna gave him all His jewels and all desires that the thief had were fulfilled and he said to Krsna, “Would it be alright if I decorate you with these jewels!” When Krsna returned home, Mother Yashoda looked at him and said, “I did not dress you like that.” Krsna replied, “It was my devotee who did!”

Krsna does not look at what we give but He looks at what we are holding back.

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