Illuminations 79 – Don’t Die with Your Music in You

Dear All,

Last month I finished a series of online classes on Finding Your Dharma. Devotees often ask, “How do I know my nature and how do I find my inspiration?”
 

This newsletter offers ways to answer this question.

May you always think of Krsna,

Mahatma Das

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Magic Wand

If you had a magic wand and could change anything, what would you want to change (what problem or problems would you want to solve)?
Would you love to see:

§  The divorce rate in Iskcon drop to zero;
§  Devotees only drinking milk from protected cows;
§  Devotees earning a living by promoting Krsna
consciousness;
§  Devotees living together in huge rural communities;
§  Animal slaughter made illegal;
§  Krsna conscious orphanages around the world?

What problem in Iskcon – or the world – would you like to see solved?

By isolating where you would wave your magic wand, you may discover services that would be inspiring for you, services that perhaps you could dedicate your entire life to. In other words, where there is a problem there also a service, a service to solve the problems. And when you continually notice the same problem, it just might mean Krishna is choosing you to do something about it.

What bothers you?

Does it concern you that books are not published in a certain obscure language, a center doesn’t exist in a specific location,  or that an educational program to train men and women to be excellent husbands and wives doesn’t exist in your city? Do you feel bad that a traveling theater troupe doesn’t exist in your country or are you concerned that there are so few Bhakti Centers and loft programs? Does it bother you to see devotees working long hours in ordinary jobs when we could create devotee owned businesses?

Is there something that weighs heavy on you, perhaps so heavy that you don’t feel you can peacefully leave the world until the situation is being addressed?

Maybe Krishna is making you see these things because you are meant to do something about them.

Do you ever think:

§  “Why does it have to be like this?”
§  “It would be really wonderful if …”
§  “My pet peeve is that …”
§  “Why aren’t any devotees thinking about …”
§  “Why aren’t any devotees doing …”

These are more indications of a where you can serve. But sometimes you fall into the trap of complaining about the problems rather than solving them. This is unfortunate. If you complain, you acknowledge something better exists but are not willing to take responsibility to create it. It is better to see every problem as a potential mission calling you to action in Prabhupada’s service.

With a goal to serve, let’s ask ourselves questions like:

What am I really passionate about?
What really upsets me that I want to change?
What do I dream about doing or changing?

What’s your mission?

Why is mission so important? If you are not very inspired, it is likely you don’t have an inspiring mission or goal.

You can’t do everything. You need to focus on one or two things that inspire you. Then became really good at what you do. And if you do something you love, you will find it natural to give your energy and time to it. If you are not working in your dharma, just thinking about your work can bore you – even put you to sleep.

What excites you?

What do you love to do?
If money were not an object, what would you do?
If you could do anything, what would it be?
How do you want to help people?
What change in the world do you want to make?
What did you love to do as a child?

And here is an interesting thought. If you found out you only had a few weeks to live, what would you regret not having done (or not having finished).

Is there a book in your heart that needs to come out? Is there a project, group, workshop, or organization living inside you that needs to be created?

What do you dream about doing?

The world is waiting

There are many people waiting for you to fulfill your mission because they will benefit from it. You don’t know them, but know for sure they are out there.

What problem in the world have I been created to solve?
Which group of people have I been sent to serve?
What change in the world have I been designed to make?

Maybe you are just meant to serve others and help them in their mission. Maybe you are meant to organize, to cook, to clean, to advise, to manage, to create, to destroy. Whatever it is, don’t die with your music in you.

The world is waiting for you.

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