Devotees' laugh is the best

    Posted on August 11, 2014

I ventured a question, reading from the Gita I always carried with me.
"Srila Prabhupada, what does this verse mean: 'What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.' "
I wasn't sure he'd heard me.
"Four o'clock," he said. "Our devotees wake up at four o'clock."
Aravinda interjected that I was asking about a verse from the Bhagavad-gita. I read the verse again in a louder voice.
Srila Prabhupada began to laugh.
"Yes," he said. "This verse means that when the karmis [materialists] see us they are laughing. And when we see them we are laughing. But we know we are right. Therefore, our laugh is best. The materialists think we are wasting our time in spiritual life. We know they are wasting their time in material life. Therefore, our laugh is best."

Hari Vilasa Dasa
From a 1991 BTG

 

See also:

Yoga for rascals
How Napoleon and Gandhi are like Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
Sastra recommends to become lazy
Reciting rasa-lila
Remain under Krsna, like a wife under her husband
How to become a pure devotee
If you cannot do anything, do this
Don't think these boys' life is being spoiled
Effects of reading KRSNA book
Srila Prabhupada inherits a curse (and passes it on)
The difference between Western and Eastern culture
Srila Prabhupada's chilhood and Krsna's childhood
Part demon, part devotee
Effect of sincere chanting
Shining Devotees
 

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