Overcoming a Big Assumption
One morning I was standing just outside a main train station in Melbourne, at a busy location where professionals and uni students exit the station.
I spotted a girl a few metres away, who had a crumbled McDonald's package, indicating that she'd probably just eaten a burger and fries for breakfast.
I thought, Let her be the proof of Lord Caitanya's and Srila Prabhupada's mercy. I began chatting with her and placed a Coming Back in her hand.
She is a student and, being straightforward, she told me, "You know, I don't mind whether or not I come back, or whether I'm dead when I am dead. What does it matter? I don't care."
I appreciated her honesty, which meant that I had an opportunity to try to dispell her doubts. I told her how we might learn about the law of gravity if we jump from the first floor (pointing to the station). We know we will hit the ground.
She added, with some enthusiasm: "We will crash down. We will crash down."
"That's right, it's a law of nature that applies to everything," I said. "Similarly, other laws, like the law of karma, are rarely taught, but they are really helpful in understanding ourselves better."
She started to get it and asserted with confidence, "They should teach that at school."
"Right!" I responded. "For yourself, at least you can read this book."
She now seemed pretty happy with the idea, but a last doubt arose, and she asked, "But who knows about this stuff, and how can anyone know? I think no one knows."
I suggested, "Maybe *we* don't know, but we cannot assume that no one does. That's a big assumption, a big jump, isn't it?"
She agreed and decided to buy the book and give it a read. I invited her to one of our centres. Smiling, she left to go to a class.
Lord Caitanya, ki jaya! Srila Prabhupada, ki jaya!
Ys, Bhakti-lata Dasi