The ways of the Supreme Lord, Sri Shyamsundar, are mysterious and wonderful, incomprehensible and unimaginable by the tiny brains of the limited conditioned souls. We may think ourselves to be the doers but very often he shows us how he is the true cause behind all that happens.
It all started a month ago, when our January newsletter was due to be published in just 1-2 days, and our writer was thinking about what would make an inspiring article to add in our newsletter, that would encourage everyone in their respective services to the Lord. One of the two most important ISKCON temples in the world, over 30 departments performing numerous services for the smooth functioning of the temple in the service of the Lord, and numerous different kind of services rendered on a daily basis, but Krishna had a plan and so it happened that we went to the head pujari and requested him to share a pastime that the Lords in our Krishna Balaram mandir had performed and which he personally experienced during his numerous years of service in ISKCON Vrindavan. Out of the numerous devotees who could have been approached to share their experiences, it was H.G. Mukunda datta Prabhu whom we asked, not knowing that it was not us who were making the choice of deciding whom to ask but being guided by the Lord within the heart.
Once there in his office, situated towards the side of Gaur Nitai’s altar, we even requested him to share a particular special dream of his that he had mentioned before on another occasion. But ofcourse it was not us who would decide what would happen next in this marvelous plan of the Lord. Mukunda datta prabhu decided to tell us the story of how once Janmashtami was approaching and there were no funds for the outfit and he prayed to the Lord to make some arrangement and sure enough a Prabhupad disciple mataji stepped into the picture and gave exactly the amount needed for the outfit. Although the story was wonderful, the writer wasn’t convinced and still felt that the story with the dream would be more interesting. But yet again, who are we to decide? Mukunda datta Prabhu insisted that we write this pastime and submitting to the inspiration within his heart, we took the story narrated by him and wrote our article ‘The outfit arranged by Shyamsundar himself’. After telling us the story, he also mentioned that a similar situation had once again arisen as we were in need of a donor for the outfit for the fast approaching Nityananda Trayodashi. Taking it as the desire of the Lord, we published the article along with our request for a donor, and had faith that Krishna would surely arrange for someone to come forward.
But what we had not at all expected and anticipated was the enthusiasm with which the devotees actually came forward to perform this service. Within less than 24 hours, we had our day dress for Sri Nityananda Trayodashi already sponsored by one devotee from England, who prefers to remain anonymous. We were thrilled by the response that we got and could immediately understand the plan of the Lord behind the whole arrangement that he had himself once again made for the outfit. Jai Nitai!! But no, this was not the end of it! We had more and more people taking interest. The combined donations of Krittika Mani mataji and Mallika Krishnan mataji covered the cost of the night dress. And since there were no more outfits to be offered on Nityananda Trayodashi, but the devotees desired to serve more, a few other outfits have been covered as well. Pragya Patel mataji sponsored the day dress for Vasant Panchami and one of the day dresses for Sri Radhashtami as well. Hariharan Puthiran prabhu sponsored the night dress for Gaur Purnima and Moha Moha mataji sponsored the night dress for Ramnavami.
We would therefore now like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful service performed by all these devotees and pray to their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar to please bestow their causeless mercy upon them all, so that they may be able to progress rapidly on their path of spiritual advancement.
The plans of the Lord are certainly the best and for those surrendered unto him, he inspires them from within the heart so that they may be able to execute their services to the best of their abilities.