The Psychologist – helpless before a Hare Krishna

Girirāja  dasa had been serving Srila Prabhupada in Bombay for quite a few years when he finally returned for a visit to the United States to recover his health and to see his parents in Chicago. When he returned again to Bombay, Prabhupada inquired about his health and his visit to his parents’ home.

Giriraja with Srila Prabhupada

Giriraja with Srila Prabhupada

Girirāja  described how during the two-day visit with his family, his father had invited a friend, who was a psychologist, to have a talk with Girirāja . The psychologist, a woman, had begun asking Girirāja  whether he felt that in his childhood there was any lack in his relationship with his parents. Girirāja  had replied on the basis of Bhagavad-gita, that actually each of us had passed through many bodies in many different lifetimes, and in each lifetime we had different parents, but our real father is Krishna. The psychologist had kept trying to speak to him on the psychological level, but Girirāja had kept replying to her on the spiritual platform, so it was very difficult for her to make progress in her analysis. After she left the room, Girirāja had overheard her speaking to his parents in the hallway, saying that as far as she could see, there was nothing more she could do.

“Yes,” Prabhupada replied, “they called her so that she could try to cure you, but actually your disease is incurable. You can never go back.” Hearing these words from his spiritual master, Girirāja  became engladdened.

(Girirāja  Swami, interview)

[An excerpt from “Prabhupāda Nectar” by Satsvarupa das Goswami]

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