What Comes After April
Posted November 4, 2007
I'd like to thank April for her thought-provoking questions. April is spring-time in many countries (though autumn in mine), a time when many dormant bulbs within the ground come to life with wonderful effects. Questions are just like the effects of the season on the bulbs of doubt and unclarity of vision. We only need to appreciate them as so, to get the effect of their full blossoming.
April asked about how to discover one's dharma, or nature. She also asked how to know whether what one chooses to do will be pleasing to Krsna. In one respect, dharma is the Lord Himself, for the Lord and the ability in wo/men are non-different, as He states in the gita. Thus to recognize one's abilities is, in one sense, to discover the Lord.
It is pleasing to the Lord, if one remembers this- that if one is creatively inclined, that it is the Lord flowing through one's hands as one is painting, writing, etc. If one is intellectually inclined, it is the Lord flowing through one's mind as one is thinking. And if one is interpersonally inclined, it is the Lord flowing through one's heart as one is loving.
One never works alone, and the only task is to find the talents that the Lord has given in seed form and recognize Him in that. The only thing that displeases Krsna is forgetfulness of Him. However in ISKCON it can be hard to find one's nature, as everyone else is telling you what you should do, moment to moent. They do not believe that Krsna can be pleased, and surrender can be perfect and complete, when one simply does what one is talented or inclined to do, and remember Him in that endeavour.
In his later pastimes, Srila Prabhupada strongly recommended introducing
varnasrama to ISKCON, but this has not yet happened, possibly because our
leaders fear it would lead to anarchy if they allowed everyone to follow
their own nature instead of being bossed around. I believe it would lead to
a situation of great spontaneity and joy, and the leaders would be seen in
their role of servants facilitating that joy. There would certainly be less
criticism and resentment of them, and thus everyone would benefit.