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Title: To Become A Vaishnava Proper Is Almost Impossible
User: pamho Date: 2007-01-13 21:49:56
Dear Gurudev,please accept my humble obeisances,All Glories to Shri Shri Guru and Gauranga! All Glories to the Devotees!
Would you please be able to console us in our spiritual poverty with your rich realisations and help us to dispell our spiritual† despondency when we read about the imposibility of even becoming a vaishnava.
"In the time of Shrila Saraswati Thakur there was one Ramdas Babaji whom the people of Braja Mandal considered to be a siddha-mahatma. He chanted three lakhs of Krishna-nama daily (192 rounds) incessantly engaged in hearing and explaining Goswami literature, strictly observed all of the aspects of Vaishnava sadachar (behavior and practice) and was known to be of impeccable character."
"When Shrila Saraswati Thakur concluded the Braja Mandal Parikrama he dashed his palm against his forehead lamenting, 'I have just toured the whole of Vrindavan and I am so unfortunate I could not find a single Vaishnava!' His followers were perplexed, 'What about Ramdas Babaji?' His response was even more shocking, 'He may be considered as a beginner with admission in the infant class.'"
"If someone chanting three lakhs, absorbed in Goswami literature, strictly observing Vaishnava sadachar and of impeccable character is in the infant class, then what are we? Spiritual embryos - at best."
I am depressed by those who feel they have no chance at spiritual success in this life because they only chant a few rounds a day. And after reading the above myself I'm inclined to feel depressed and wonder are we fooling ourselves?, but even Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said that one could obtain the result in an instant. Not for any endeavor on one's own part of course, but depending on the mercy and potency of the Supreme and/or His representative.