Mar 012013

2013-02-26_LA On Tuesday morning Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.34.

” ‘A devotee is fortunate in any condition of life.’ We shouldn’t be bewildered or confused or distracted by the body. Bodies have different natures, and sometimes one acts in a certain way because of his nature, or his body. But what is really important is the consciousness — bhava-grahi janardana — the mood of service. Once, in Juhu a group of five or six devotee children came into my office. There were two main spokespersons, and they complained that the older devotees in the temple were treating them like children and not as devotees. These children were so intelligent and mature; they said. ‘We have children’s bodies, so sometimes we act like children, but we are also devotees and should be treated like devotees.’ They were so wise. So we should also be like that — see the devotion. It is not that we are unaware of people’s natures based on their bodies, but we see the devotion and we don’t discount anyone because they have a certain body, or conditioning, this lifetime.”