Krishna Consciousness, the Matchless Gift

Krishna Consciousness, the Matchless Gift

I knew I needed to begin the podcast with the book that gave me great hope and inspiration, encouragement & loving support, and honestly, I didn’t need to consider it for too long. What makes this book so special for me it leaves me with having no excuses for not trying to love Krishna. It leaves me with no doubts about how intrinsic this relationship is. It opens my eyes to the reality of the world today and it surcharges me with determination to take up the path of devotional service, as well as spread its glories to each and every person within my reach. The gift of bhakti is truly presented in the most matchless way in this book.

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One of my favorite quotes

Krishna Consciousness, The Matchless Gift | Chapter 3 “Learning to love”

Love begins with this give and take. We give something to our lover, he gives something to us, and in this way love develops. When we create any loving transaction with any boy or girl, man or woman, we give and take. Thus Kṛṣṇa is teaching us how to give and take. Kṛṣṇa is begging us: “Try to love Me. Learn how to love Me. Offer something to Me.”
“Sir,” we may say, “I have nothing to give You.”
“Oh, you cannot collect a piece of fruit, a flower, a leaf or a little water?”
“Oh yes, why not? Anyone can collect this.”
This then is the method of Kṛṣṇa consciousness which allows one to make friends with Kṛṣṇa. We can enter into any number of relationships with Kṛṣṇa. We can become a direct servant of Kṛṣṇa, or in the highest stages we can become Kṛṣṇa’s father, mother or lover. Kṛṣṇa is prepared to establish a loving relationship with all living entities. In actuality this relationship is already there because He is the supreme father and we are His parts and parcels. Because the son is part of the body of the father, the relationship between them cannot be broken; it may be forgotten for some time, but as soon as one recognizes his father or son, immediately affection develops. Similarly, we are eternally related to Kṛṣṇa, but at the present moment this relationship is simply forgotten or suppressed. Consequently we think that we have no relationship with Kṛṣṇa, but this is not a fact. Because we are integral with Him, because we are part and parcel of Him, our relationship with Him is eternal. That relationship simply has to be revived, and that revival is this process of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.