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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room's only window.


The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end...

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..


Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.



The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside.


The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.



As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene..

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.


Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.



Days, weeks and months passed.


One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.


As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.


Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside..
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.


It faced a blank wall.


The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.


She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations and KC is all about that.


Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.


If you want to feel rich, just remember that you are in krishna consciousness (selected by krishna)...and you are one of the one crore devotees on this earth advancing towards godhead....slowly. PAMHO.
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  • Dear Mihir prabhu

    PAMHO! AGTSP! Thank you for your nice story.  I would just like to humbly offer another perspective.  Unlike the protagonist in this story, an aspiring devotee practicing KC should not be remaining blind....we should gradually be regaining our vision....and consequently feeling increasingly happy.  If we are feeling miserable we should question if we are practicing KC correctly. If we are practicing correctly, gradually we will truly see Krishna everywhere instead of the dualities of happiness and distress; we shouldn't have to give false encouragement to anyone.  I include a short excerpt from a lecture given by Srila Prabhupada on Bhagavad-gita 2.13-17 in Los Angeles, November 29, 1968:

    If a person is actually executing devotional service, then he must be happy. If he's not happy, then he's not doing properly. So first thing is this. He might be doing something in the name of devotional service. If he's actually rendering devotional service, then he must be feeling. Just like if you are eating actually, then you must feel strength and satisfaction of your hunger. You cannot say, "I'm eating, but I'm not satisfied of my hunger." That is impossible. This is not possible. Then you are not eating. Or you are eating, but it is being devoured by the worms within your intestines. Sometimes it happens. If there are many worms within the intestines, you go on voraciously eating, but you don't get strength because the eating substance, the essence, is taken by the worms. Therefore the worm treatment is there to kill the worms. Otherwise they will eat everything. You'll feel hungry, but will not get any strength. This is the worm disease. So if I am actually rendering devotional service and I'm not getting any happiness, that means there is some mäyä's play. Otherwise there is no such reasoning. He must feel happy. Then he has to rectify the process of his service. Not to change but rectify the process. (aside) What is that? (laughs) It cannot be. If you are actually executing devotional service, you must feel happy. If you don't feel happy, then you are not executing. There is some flaw. Yes.

    Your servant

    Cintamani dhama dasi

  • Beautiful Story.....

  • hk....~~@@its speechless@@~~
  • wow!
  • Beutiful story...  :)

  • hb !!!very inspiring.thnk u!!!!
  • hk prabhu ji......... lovely story....hari bol

     

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