Reciprocal love right now-not later–SP

January 24, 2023 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-It seems there is a mood these days by some, of understanding that this bhakti yoga is somewhat mechanical, and that we dont have any present day love for Prabhupada or Krsna.  They think this love will come sometime in the “future” if we just follow enough rules and regulations..  
This is a wrong conception as one can see below in the numerous letters sent by Srila Prabhupada to his numerous loving disciples. These exchanges of love between Srila Prabhupada and us are in the present day, right now, if we want them. We dont have to wait for further “realizations” until we have some” love” within us. This love is always within us, it just has to be uncovered by the process of sadhana bhakti, beginning and ending with chanting Hare Krsna. It may not be full blown Krsna Prema, but it is still some vestiges of real love. Otherwise to say we have no love at all is to say we dont exist since love is the basis of our being. It is called cid-vilasa, means to give spiritual pleasure or love to others.
damaghosa das
July 14 1975 letter
Yes everybody says like that, that I am incarnation of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Actually Krsna and Krsnas’s representative are not different. Anything that is Krsnas’s is not different from Krsna. Therefore it is said saksad-dharitvena samast sastrair: the spiritual master is accepted by all advanced devotees as Hari.
July 27 1971

So whatever is offered in devotion and love is all right. It is our duty to offer the very best to Krsna and the spiritual master. That is reciprocal love. 

Jan 22 1976 letter
You cannot survive without my mercy and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependence is base on love-Krsna Consciousness.
(Present tense)
Jan 31 1976 letter
I beg to thank you for your letter dated 16th January 1976, along with the enclosed donation. Unless there is loving feeling, how is it possible for you to always make offerings to me? The spiritual master is always instructing his disciples, and they  in turn are always trying to serve their spiritual master. It is a reciprocal relationship of love.
(Present tense)
July 24 1976 letter
 Pleasing the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life, and offerings made with love and devotion are always pleasing to the spiritual mater. Please continue in this way.
(Present tense)
Nov 13 1974 letter
So as you have pleased me, you should take it that you have pleased Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
(Present tense)
Nov 9 1975 letter
By these activities I am just trying to satisfy my spiritual master and you are all trying to help me, so I am very much obliged to you. This is real cooperation on the platform of love.
(present tense)