Polish tour 2018.

Karuna Kishori Dasi Start Date: May 3, 2018 - End Date: Jul 5, 2018

My Travel Story

by: Karuna Kishori Dasi Start Date: May 3, 2018 - End Date: Jul 5, 2018
Dear Charitable Spirit Souls,

Although we may endeavor in this life to do many things, the result of any action is ultimately beyond our control.  We make plans, we do our best and then we surrender to the desires of the Supreme Absolute Truth, who also happens to be our dearest, well-wishing friend. So, in my attempt to dedicate my life to the path of bhakti yoga - devotional service - I am asking for your help, once again. 

I can't claim that I am by any measure a candidate deserving of your charity. I am, in fact, most undeserving. But if I don't try anything and everything to do this service for my guru maharaj - when I have vowed to dedicate my life to his service - how can I be peaceful in any of my activities?

These days, not many people choose to wholeheartedly follow a spiritual path. It is not an easy road to travel. Practically the whole world will try to dissuade you because they see no value in a life of renunciation. It is a life of dependence in a world that values independence.

It is also a life that strengthens faith and teaches surrender. Faith that everything you need will be provided and surrender to accept whatever comes and whatever doesn't come your way.

"For so many countless lifetimes the conditioned souls have been giving all of their service and energy to the service of Maya, and I am requesting all of my disciples that for this one lifetime you give all of your energy and service to Krishna. The spiritual force is eternal, so to give simply one lifetime to Krishna is not a very difficult thing. And yet if we are serious in executing the devotional principles, this one lifetime of service to Krishna will absolute and final solution to all the problems of life. Sincere devotional service in even one lifetime is sufficient to make one eligible to return to the Vaikuntha world permanently. Krishna Consciousness has got this power. So stick to this path as you are now doing, and as your sincerity and determination increase more and more, Krishna will surely be pleased to bestow all of His blessings upon you." - Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Madhudvisa -- Hamburg 7 September, 1969

In the past few days I happened to come across this verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam: 

Those who are too self-interested beg something from others, not knowing of others’ pain. But if the beggar knew the difficulty of the giver, he would not ask for anything. Similarly, he who is able to give charity does not know the beggar’s difficulty, for otherwise he would not refuse to give the beggar anything he might want as charity. - Srimad Bhagavatam 6.10.6

I cannot deny that I am indeed a self-interested person, but I do not wish to put anyone into difficulty by asking for charity. Please forgive me for asking. But if you can give something, even though I am undeserving, I beg you to consider my plight. For an aspiring bhakti yogi, the most painful thing is to be denied that service which is closest to your heart.

I've included some links below to articles I wrote about my experiences on the Polish tour last year. I know no one is really eager to read anything longer than a couple of sentences these days, but if you're not already totally bored by this post, or if you're a bit curious, please take the time to read them. 

The Polish tour is also the place where I met my Guru maharaj, HH Indradyumna Swami, for the very first time in 2015. I went there on a whim at the suggestion of my godbrother and my life was never the same again. To say that the Polish tour changed my life sounds super cheesy... but it's kinda true. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve there and by your blessings (and donations), I hope to once again experience the nectar of this maha seva. I also hope that some of you will be inspired to come serve there. It might just change your life.

Hare Krishna

Your servant,
Karuna Kishori dasi