Why do some come, stay, and then go away?–SP

January 8, 2014 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
 
Below is a very short conversation with Srila Prabhupada where he explains  why some people come to
Krsna Consciousness, stay for a while, then fade away.
He also once said, don’t be surprised by who comes to Krsna, be surprised  by who stays.!
This means both to come to Krsna and to stay with Krsna requires good fortune. That good fortune is obtained and kept by pleasing the bona  fide spiritual master.
 
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Amogha: Srila Prabhupada? Why is it that some people, when they  hear about Krsna consciousness, they take it, and some do not. And  still, after that, some of those who take it, they stay, and some who take  it take it for some time and then they fail?
Prabhupada: That is fortunate and unfortunate. Just  like one inherits father’s property. Many millions of dollars, and he has  become a poor man by his misusing the money. Like that. He is  unfortunate. He got the money, but he could not utilize  it.
Jayadharma: Does fortune mean it’s the mercy of Krsna?
Prabhupada: Krsna’s mercy is always there. It is your misuse of  free will. You are given the opportunity–that is fortune. But you  do not accept the fortune. That is your misfortune. That is stated in  the Caitanya-caritamrita. Lord Caitanya said, ei rupe brahmanda  bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva. Kono–some fortunate man can accept it.  Because mostly they are unfortunate. Just see, throughout the whole  of Europe and America we are making propaganda. How many  students have come? A very insignificant number, although they have come.  They are fortunate.
Amogha: Sometimes we see that a devotee may be very sincere, but at the  same time he becomes weak somehow, and he falls down.