How Can We Help?

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Question: We are all going through a period of profound existential changes. Our devotee activities have deeply changed due to the restriction of shift and relationships due to the corona virus pandemic. For the devotees, the service does not stop. Despite the obligation not to leave the house, sadhana, arcana, japa, chant, study and various services are our life, our refuge, our strength, and in fact, they have increased. Fortunately, technology as far as possible, helps us in the sanga. However, there remains emptiness. I feel very urgent, in your words “the urge to help as many jivas as possible.” So how to optimize this new condition to remain and improve our being useful tools for guru, Gauranga and all the jivas, who are suffering dispersed in material existence.

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Jayapataka Swami: Is she there? When I was in the USA several months ago, I was told a joke by a nurse. Do you hear me? A patient asked a doctor, how long do I have to live? He said, nine! Nine what? Nine years, nine months? And then the doctor said, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, Ha! Ha! So, the point now is that people don’t know how to die!  But, we know we are not the body! The body dies but the atma doesn’t die. So if we remember Krsna at the time of leaving the body, we go back to Krsna! But if we think we have nine months, we may think maybe where will I take a vacation to! Maybe I will go to Italy!! Ha! So for us, we always chant Hare Krsna. At one time, they told Srila Prabhupada what to do if the Russians send a nuclear bomb over to – in the 1970s there was a cold war. You are looking with cross eyes! Srila Prabhupada was asked by the American devotees, what to do if we hear that Soviet Union is sending over a nuclear bomb? He said we chant Hare Krsna! Haribol! So, every day you could chant.