By His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami
The material world is the world where you have a facade. The material world is the place where you have a hidden agenda. The material world is the place where you want something from someone without really telling them. In the material world, you can never have a totally selfless relationship. But we have a philosophy that offers a path for developing selfless relationships. So if we have that, then it should be possible amongst us to have real, genuine relationships based on mutually giving to each other.
Serving the vaisnavas means that one must give to the vaisnavas. One must give the vaisnavas facility, one must give the vaisnavas space to do what they need to, one must appreciate the vaisnavas and so on.
Sometimes, in friendship one must also walk up to someone and say, “What are you doing?” That helps sometimes even when a stranger does that!
I had a period in my life when I did not do well. Just then, a stranger came out of nowhere, and said, “What are you doing with your life?” I was so shocked because he was a stranger! And I said, “But you do not even know me!” He ignored that and he said, “What are you doing with your life!?”
That really woke me up. It shocked me that a stranger said such a thing to me. Then I made a big change. It had an impact. So yes, we must care for one another.
Extract from Kadamba Kanana Swami’s Lecture, (25 April 2015, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture at Cultural Festival)