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Title: Suklambara's example
User: bhaktaron††††† Date: 2006-07-31 18:18:47
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances.
I read about Suklambara recently and this has been so heavy on my mind and heart. It is so wonderful that Lord Chaitanya accepts and prefers devotion from devotees; that chanting His Holy Names is far above rituals and regulations that may be imposed. The humility of Suklambara is, indeed, a great example for us to follow in our Naam Yoga; exactly as taught by Swami Gaurangapada.
In Chaitanya Bhagavat it is stated:
. . . . . Lord Chaitanya thrust His hand into Suklambaraís satchel and began to chew handful after handful of rice.† Suklambara said, ĎLord, all is lost!† These are broken pieces of rice!í† The Lord said, ĎI eat your broken pieces of rice, but I do not desire even nectar when it is offered by persons who are not My devotees.í
It is simply amazing that the Lord will greatly accept devotion from one who is so humble and chants continuously as did Suklambara. In the book I was reading, it explains that Suklambara chanted continuously and although he was a poor beggar, the Lord showed how He would bless and accept even a grain of rice from one who is so humble and gives devotion by chanting.
It is my prayer and hope that I can, one day, have even a small amount of such humility, as did Suklambara, Sometimes I feel like I even have envy for the humility that Suklambara had, and to have such envy is sinful and wrong. I know that the desire is good, but for it to border on envy is not.
How can† that envy be changed to desire and action?†††††
Thank you, Gurudeva, for your teaching, inspiration, and direction; and for the spiritual dust of your lotus feet.
Title: Re: Suklambara's example
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-01 06:03:45
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! :pranams: Pranams! and :bless: Blessings! Yes, Ronald, Shrila Shuklambara's pastime is so heart-touching. The way how Shuklambara was dancing in kirtana with his bag of broken rice moving up and down and the way how Lord Gauranga called him and thrust His hand in his began eating His broken rice, this really proves that the Lord does not actually care for how much material opulence we have but how much devotion to His Naam we have! Shuklambara is none other than Lord Krishna's Sudama, whose old chipped rice was previously eaten by Lord Krishna in Dvaraka. Thankyou for reminding us of this beautiful pastime.
Envy is not required. What we need is an intense greed and desire to follow in the footsteps of these great associates like Shrila Shuklambara and attain their causeless mercy. Only by their mercy will be able to develop genuine humility and a tiny drop of all the great qualities they have. Envy towards someone is normally removed by doing the opposite i.e. serving them. So we should try to serve and glorify the pure associates of the Lord as even though everything else can be engaged in service but envy has no place in the service of the Lord. Thankyou again for the nice question and sharing the pastimes.