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Kartik Inspirations 2018 - Day 28

Something Personal

By Sacinandana Swami

Affectionate greetings from Vrindavan! I’m trying to take all of you along on my Kartik-vrata. I write these inspirations because I sincerely pray that by sharing some of these jewels with you, you will feel inspired. At the moment I live like a hermit – I don’t interact with others and don’t read my e-mails. Still, I often think about sharing. Why? If there are a few things I have realized throughout the years, one of them is: it is good to share with others and see how you can benefit them.

Once I passed two pilgrims speaking in Bengali. The older one explained the principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the younger one. He said: “Nama-ruci, Vaisnava-seva...” (taste for the Holy Name, serving Vaisnavas). Just as I walked by, he stood still and tried to remember the third principle. I turned around and said: “Jiva-daya!” (mercy towards other living entities). Grateful he replied, “Tike. Jiva-daya.” We went our ways and after a while I turned around and saw that the two Bengali pilgrims had stopped at the side of the road. The older one opened his bag, took a capati out of it and fed it to a dog. He was practicing jiva-daya, compassion towards others.

Ask yourself today what you can do to apply the powerful principle of compassion. Maybe someone near you is in need of help or encouragement. Maybe a devotee you haven’t contacted since a long time would be happy if you share some inspiration, or a capati – whatever you can offer. Practice jiva-daya, either in terms of inspiration or physical gifts, and watch how your circle will widen and new things will happen in your life.

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