Krsna is Bhava Graahi. That means He only accepts the consciousness with which you are approaching Him. In coronation ceremony of emperor Yudhishthir after Rajsuya sacrifice, when Lord Krishna manifested a wound on His finger after delivering Shishupal, Draupadi could not bear to see it and she got up from her throne and without a moment’s thought, with tears of love in her eyes, tore off the royal robe she was wearing for the occasion and bandaged His finger. This act of hers completely captured the heart of Lord Krishna and bound Him to her with her love forever. This spontaneous deeply crushing attraction for the all attractive all perfect Supreme Lord Krishna is natural for a soul in its purified state. Krishna is captured only by such love and never by dry austerities and meditations of yogis and jynanis. This love is naturally awakened when the impurities covering the soul are dispelled. These impurities are the result of a forgetful soul’s desire to enjoy, rather than being enjoyed by the Supreme Lord Krishna, Who is the fountainhead of all good qualities, perfect reservoir of exchanges in all mellows and Who is the very life of the soul, but it has forgotten. ISKCON devoteesThe sufferings and struggles of the soul are also due to the same forgetfulness.

The whole ISKCON movement is to revive this relation by rigorous process of self purification as instructed by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. Srila Prabhupad disciples are traveling around the globe and delivering this message to help awaken suffering souls and Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that noone is dearer to Him than one who is engaged in this service. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that one should surrender unto such a devotee, render loving service unto him and inquire from him. Only then will our illusion get dispelled. Devotees in Pune had the good fortune to receive and hear from two such devotees and senior sannyasi disciples of Srila Prabhupad in last one week, H.H.GopalKrishna Goswami Maharaj and H.H.Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj.

H.H.Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, who is the visionary and motivating force behind the construction of this new temple, accepted disciples in a grand initiation ceremony conducted for the first time in the new temple. Maharaj in Srimad Bhagavatam class emphasized that taking the dust of exalted devotees on one’s head, which scriptures recommend for spiritual advancement, actually means to follow that devotee’s instructions. He stressed the importance of mind and sense control as the primary foundational prerequisite to make any spiritual advancement, and stated how this is hardly spoken of in most discourses on Bhagavatam for the fear of loosing followers. He illustrated the insignificance of material sense enjoyment by comparing it to a drop of water in a hot desert, which can never satisfy but can become the cause of fear and anxiety and the seed for future sufferings. The biggest mistake we commit he said is to listen to our mind, which is viciously impure. We must rely he said on the pure mind of Vyasadev. He also warned against making offenses against devotees of Lord by citing the incident between King Rahaguna and Jada Bharat, where King Rahaguna says that he is not afraid of any enemy in the world other than committing an offence at the lotus feet of a vaisnava, which can make one loose Lord’s grace completely. Maharaj also initiated over 120 devotees with the holy name. Also we had boat festival for Radha Vrindavanchandra in the temple campus, where deities were taken in procession to the pond and this boat festival reminded everyone the pastimes of Vrindavan.

H.H.BhaktiVikas Swami Maharaj who is famous for his high standards of devotion, and whose books are authorized pathways to higher realms of Bhakti, transfixed all audience with his clear delineation of what is impersonalism. He illustrated through various examples how every path devoid of Bhakti is actually afflicted with impersonalism and the prevalence of impersonalism is the reason why true devotion to Lord is not being accepted. This is why blasting impersonalism was the primary mission of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswathi Thakur, our great grand spiritual master. He emphasized how we must strongly and clearly speak against impersonalism in public, because this was the original mission of this organization, even if it means having lesser followers. He said that even if one sincere person gets the true message, that can transform the face of the earth. Most devotees purchased his book on bold preaching called “Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupad’s service”.

The very presence of these devotees changed the ambience in Pune temple. All those of us who were sagging in our spiritual endeavors received a double boost of inspiration to bring us back on track.