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Advantage of Adversity

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to the devotees in Caracas
4 August 2013

 

When some problem comes in your service, at that time more feelings, more desire and strength will come to you for your service.

One time, two dogs decided to come from Kolkata to Nabadwip. They were thinking how they would go—by train, car or on foot? They talked to each other and decided, "All right, it is better to walk there."

So, they started walking from Kolkata to Nabadwip, and just before they left they asked somebody, "How many days are necessary to get to Nabadwip on foot?" Somebody told them, "It will take you seven days." And they started walking.

They walked and walked, and then the evening came and they thought, "It is night time now, we will not walk. We will continue walking tomorrow. We have seven days to go, and we have walked too much on the first day..." So, they stopped at some place to rest. They were about to take rest there when many local dogs started barking at them, "Hey, why have you come here?! It is our place! Why have you come here?! It is our place!!" The two dogs ran away, "No, no, let them bark, better if we go..."

They started walking again. They walked and walked, and after midnight they thought, "Oh, we are too tired now, we must take rest!" They were going to take rest in some place, but then again the same thing happened as before—as they were about to lie down, local dogs understood that some dogs had come from outside and started barking, "Get out! Get out from here! Why are you here?!" The dogs thought, "Oh, what can we do? We have to go..."

They started walking again and in the morning the saw that they had come to Nabadwip!

The meaning of this story is that thanks to the disturbance make by the other dogs they came to their destination quickly. So, if so many Vaishnav aparadhi criticise you, it is actually a benefit for you, it is not a loss. Do you see how the dogs arrived quickly? It would take them seven days to get to Nabadwip, but instead they came there in just one day. So, if somebody criticises you, your speed of walking will be more, you will not rest, and can reach your own destination.

 

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