A Hidden Blessing (06/28/11)
I quote now one section from the previous email sent to me by K ____ Swami wherein he suggested a solution to V_____ being engaged at our programs. K___ Swami suggests that V____ not do cooking service for the program. He says in this way:
“She would be ‘passively’ rather than ‘actively’ present.”
At first I thought that this was anti-Vaiṣṇava way of thinking because he is saying that V____ can be present in the program, but she should not serve the Vaiṣṇavas. Such a way of thinking is lower than kaniṣṭha. It is anti-Vaiṣṇava thinking. But I decided not to take up this point with K___Swami and just focus on trying to get him to invite L____ for the meeting as you suggested.
But there is a higher point in what K___Swami has said and I will share that with you. At first it seems that K___Swami has taken service away from V____, but actually he has given her even greater opportunity to make advancement. Usually V____ may be busy in the kitchen sevā and thus miss the various readings and discourses from Prabhupāda and Śrīdhara Mahārāja’s books. In the kitchen she may miss so many important explanations, but when she is sitting in the class she will hear that which will purify her heart and make her attraction to our saṅga even stronger. This depends of course if she has the proper sukṛti.
Secondly, when I come to L____’s house, then V____ will be sitting in front of me and hearing hari-kathā for hours and hours. If K___Swami wanted to hide V____ from getting attracted to our saṅga then he should have told her to stay busy in the kitchen and avoid the classes. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is achieved by hearing the proper glories of Kṛṣṇa and His devotees. Then sevā has meaning and purpose.
So in this way K___Swami has given V____ a hidden blessing.
You may share this with L___.