Friday, March 13, 2009
para-upakara - greatest welfare act!
The person in this picture who is handing the book to another person is my father-in-law. I am very happy and proud to have such esteemed company. He has taken his time and efforts to preach and distribute the cream of all knowledge to people.
In this picture, he is handing out Srila Prabhupada book to a fellow worker. In this particular incident, he not only distributes the book but also requests the person to say out loud the Hare Krishna mahamantra and also gave him the mantra to chant. He has re-established the connection between this soul and Krishna. Haribol!!!
This act of charity is the highest and the most compassionate act in all of mankind. I am happy and most fortunate to have his association. I would like to add a few words about him. Although my association with him is short, he comes across as a person who cares, and loves all beings. This sentiment is very rare. He has a way with people and can persuade people to like him. This, of course, as you can see, he is using it to his best advantage. My wish is he uses his God given talents and natural compassion to all living beings in distributing Prabhupada’s books to one and all.
Krishna Himself says in the Bhagavad Gita about a person who engages in such a benevolent act.
For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.
- BG 18-68-69
Lord Chaitanya explains a similar ideology
bharata-bhumite haila manushya-janma yara
janma sarthaka kari’ kara para-upakara
One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.” (Sri Chaitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 9.41).
The paro-upakar or the benefit activity Mahaprabhu is talking about is the distribution of Krishna Consciousness and this is exactly what my father-in-law is doing. All glories to him and his benevolence. He is surely dear to Krishna, Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada.
Please continue with your service. My obeisances unto you.