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Want to have firm belief in Krsna

Hare Krsna dear devotees  

  • I used to be a firm believer in the process of Krsna consciousness. Then unfortunately I drifted off from my belief due to material interaction I guess. But over the past couple of months I have been thinking that Krsna consciousness is the ultimate thing though the initial firm belief isn't there. But I want to get back my firm belief  What do I do? 

My material friends said that, 

Lord Rama and Lord Krishna and Kings of that time were not worshipping anyone. So there was no concept of God itself.

Bhakti is a recent introduction in society by Meera Bai kind of devotees from whom Krsna became popular. 

Why do material people see devotees as strange and peculiar people? 

What do I do to have a life full of Krsna consciousness? Please instruct me with some steps. How do I live my entire day in KC? 

Thanks in advance

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  • Sri Guru Gauranga jayatu

    Only sraddha can guide us when we are travelers in the infinite. "I have heard that this is the way to that place"—that spirit will keep our hearts enlivened. The definition of sraddha is given in the Caitanya-caritamrta: "Faith is the firm conviction that by serving Krsna, all other purposes are automatically served." No risk, no gain. Greatest risk, greatest gain. Krsna reassures us, "I am everywhere—there is no need to be afraid at all. Just realize that I am your friend. I am all in all, and you are Mine. To believe this is your only fare for the journey to the land of faith."

    When one develops faith, he will do anything to approach the higher subjective realm. One who has faith wants to connect with that higher substance which is composed of eternity, knowledge, and bliss. Faith moves in consideration of existence, knowledge, and love. And when these three main points are realized, our existence is fully satisfied. Faith asks us to approach .the higher world, not the lower. And to think,"In every way Krsna is superior. He is our guardian and well-wisher," is the basis of faith.
    The rationalists are always searching with their scientific brains for different ways to utilize and command the things they have discovered in their research. But faith is concerned with a substance far higher in all respects than even the searcher himself. One who is an inquirer about a higher substance must inquire with what is generally known as faith. Proper guidance in faith is also necessary, and that guidance is given by the higher plane. That must be the attitude of our inquiry or search if we are to be successful. So Bhagavad-gita advises: pranipat, pariprasna, sevaya—"Surrender, inquire, and serve."

    Of course, even if we are going the right way, it is never certain that the path will be free from obstacles. Even if we are making progress, unexpected hindrances may trouble us and delay our advancement. Though we see many around us falling or retreating, we must go forward. We should have the conviction to think that although many began with us on the path and are now going back, we shall have to go on. We shall have to strengthen our energy and go forward—alone if necessary. Our faith should be so strong that we have the conviction to go on alone if necessary and by the grace of our Lord cross whatever difficulties we find on our way. In this way we must make ourselves fit. We must develop exclusive devotion. Of course, we shall always try to find good association. Yet sometimes it may seem that there is no association, that we are alone. Still, we must go on and search out the beacon light of the truth.

    We can feel within our heart whether we are gainers or losers. That tasting machine is within us. As we progress in Krsna consciousness, our karma, our connection with this material world, will evaporate in no time, and spacious knowledge will come to satisfy us. At that time, we shall feel the object of our life everywhere (mayi drste 'khilatmani). When we can see that the fulfillment of life has embraced us, we shall see that everything within the environment is helping us, everything is sympathetic to us from all sides. In that spiritual domain, everyone shall take interest in loving us. We may be careless about our own interest, but the environment there is more favorable and affectionate to us than we can even estimate, just as a child cannot estimate the extent of his mother's affection. In this way, friends and home comforts will surround us, and with this realization we shall go back to God, back to home.
  • Hare Krsna Yashoda Mataji!
    You appear to be very fortunate because you had firm belief in Krsna at some point of time.
    In order to reconnect with that shouldn't take too much time if you follow any of the prescribed methods of Bhakti-yoga.
    That is already your asset and by practicing Bhakti Yoga which begins by hearing the name 'Krsna'.
    Or if your circle is too materially engrossed then try to taste 'Krsna' whenever you sip water. That is possible anywhere.
    Don't worry Mataji, Krsna consciousness always begins from where you left it!
  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Mataji,

    PAMHO.

    Welcome back home, to ISKCON. The problem is - we are ourselves ill informed, and we pay attention to our friends who are worse informed than us. Doubts come when we are not able to refute their statements. We are not able to refute their statements when we have not read the scriptures ourselves. So what to do now? Overnight, you cannot be expected to read all the scriptures and know everything. So take one baby step at a time.

    1) Please start chanting - minimum 4 rounds everyday. This is the most firm thing you definitely do every single day, without fail. When I started chanting, my guru told me - this is not timepass, what we do when we have nothing else to do. This is very important activity. The day you dont eat AND the day you dont sleep is the day you dont chant. Th

    Therefore one has to be firm in doing one's committed rounds under all circumstances. It will take 30 minutes of your time. I am sure, in 24 hours, you can take out 30 min if you want to.

    2) Start reading Srila Prabhupada books. You could start by reading some basic books like - Chant Hare Krsna and Be Happy, Life comes from Life, Perfect Questions and Perfect Answers, On the Way to Krsna. You could start reading Bhagavad Gita As It Is - atleast 1 page in a day.

    3) Stop discussing these topics with your friends for now. Do your sadhana in private for now. I know friends talk as a discussion, as curiosity, just trying to understand what you are upto. However, when our own devotion is kachcha, we are not able to explain our point of view, then the discussion veers towards more aggressive doubting, finally putting a doubt in our minds. Better to avoid initially, till you are able to answer a few questions. 

    Haribol,

    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

  • what they said about Ram n Krishna is nonsense. it shows they have not read ramayan/mahabharat

    Why do material people see devotees as strange and peculiar people? 

    same way as naked tribals will see well-dressed person as strange & peculiar

    pls associate more with sincere devotees and minimise non-devotee association & also pray to Lord 

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