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A discussion between Bhurijana and Bhakti Tirtha Swami in connection with his prayer in the mood of Vasudeva Dutta

submitted by Citi-sakti d.d.

Posted April 3, 2005

March 20, 2005

Hare Krsna Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I pray that Krsna is awarding you sufficient strength of spirit to deal with your difficult situation. Certainly you are under the protective shell of Srila Prabhupada's and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

I'm writing to you because a question came up in my mind. If you are able, and it isn't overly difficult, perhaps you can send a reply. I will certainly understand if you are unable.

The question has to do with the suffering you have seen and are seeing devotees undergo. You're desire is to alleviate their suffering. Can that be done other than assisting devotees to uplift their consciousness? Can suffering be removed on the physical level?

On the mental level, it seems to me that only by faithfully, trustingly accepting that one is loved by Krsna and that all is His good will and mercy--including one's mental sufferings--can lead one beyond that suffering. And one has to disentangle oneself from and disbelieve one's false thinking and pointing to other causes other than Krsna's mercy.

That is an exalted stage of consciousness, as far as I know, and preaching about it to others if far easier than acting on that platform. At least I've seen that with myself.

Well, what is your conclusion? My prayers for your welfare are offered at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda prabhu, Giriraja Govardhana, Sri Vrindavana dhama, and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara.

Thank you.
Your affectionate and respectful servant,
Bhurijana dasa

March 20, 2005

Dear Bhurijana

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

By the way the editors for the Beggar 4 informed me that the book will be ready in 6 weeks. Just as I expected, your foreword was so powerful that they felt it was best to have it as the epilogue so that the readers would carry this message as they concluded the book. Now, as it is, the foreword of the book is written by H. H. Radhanatha Swami, the Introduction by Sacinandana Swami and of course the epilogue by you. Thank you so much for helping in this way for this little book will help some devotees in being able to embrace my transition more easily. It will surely allow them to travel with me up to the transition. There are indications that Srila Prabhupada has already sent helpers so that when I'm ready to go or they're ready to take me, it can be acted upon rather hastily.

Let me now try to get through your question. I really see your question as a way to help me with some clarifications also. Basically being in the material world is synonymous with suffering so how much can one's suffering be minimised when you consider adiatmika, adidaivika and adibhautika. Developing higher consciousness gives us greater understanding, which allows us to somewhat transform that suffering. Also when we feel loved, our own suffering seems more tolerable. Even just to know that someone is trying to help us, even if they can't, makes our suffering more tolerable. And sometimes to see that someone is suffering more than we are, makes our own suffering more tolerable. The last case scenario is that when the Lord sees that one of his servants is suffering or making a request he will find various ways to intervene.

After I leave the body you will see some more obvious ways of how my suffering will positively affect the movement. As you reflect on all of the above, it will somewhat answer your questions from my limited perspective.

Yours in Srila Prabhupada's Service
with love
Bhakti Tirtha Swami