Recently I came across a powerful statement of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur:
"If I stop preaching the unbiased truth due to fear that people will not like it, I am accepting the non-vedic way, rejecting the vedic way. Then I become an atheist and I lose my faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the personification of truth."
Aren't we sometimes struggling with our fear that people will not like to hear the unbiased truth, and we tend to compromise it, so that people will more easily accept Krishna consciousness? Behind this attitude is a subtle form of atheism - we don't have full faith in Krishna's recommendations and His Divine system.....
In the following week we churned the topic of "The Vanaprastha Ashram - Meeting Death with Joy", which is building on the previous course, since giving shelter and guidance is the foremost contribution of the Vanaprastha ashram - something which is not yet fully established within our society.
During the third week of January we embarked on the discussions of "Men and Women - More Confused Than Ever". I had given the course a more catchy title, which gives a clearer idea of the very essence of this course. Previously I had named it "Men and Women in Spiritual Culture", which people commonly mistook for a course on the grhastha ashram. But it is so much more than that - infact it sets the foundation to the following course entitled "From Grhamedhi Life to the Grhstha Ashram". And this course sets again the foundation to the last course of "Our Children Are Our Future". So all five courses are very systematically arranged, and those who participated in all of them received something solid for their life in Krishna consciousness.
All seminars were well attended by nice and serious devotees from all around the world, some having been in Krishna consciousness for many years. We had wonderful discussions and exchanges - it was well spent time! We concluded each course by distributing maha prasadam to each participant and sharing realizations which completed the loving exchange and created a personal and intimate atmosphere - a wonderful environment to receive deep transformations in the association of like-minded devotees.
The winter season was longer and colder this year than in other years. The early morning hours were very foggy and wet, with the cold creeping into the lungs and bones. Some mornings I stayed at home, not wanting to get sick. Finally the day came to celebrate the first day of spring - Vasanta Panchami, which is always a beautiful event. The spring season signifies new life and joy, and Mother Nature shares that jubilation in the form of blossoming flowers and flourishing trees. It is indeed a very beautiful time of the year. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "...and of seasons I am flower-bearing spring."