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Thief to Vrindavana

One must be first of all faithful. Faithful.  Śrāddha. He must be very much eager to see God, actually. Not that as a proclivity, frivolous thing, "Can you show me God?" A magic, just like God is a magic. No. He must be very serious: "Yes, if there is God... We have seen, we have been informed about God. So I must see."

There is a story in this connection. It is very instructive; try to hear. One professional reciter was reciting about Bhagavata, and he was describing that Krishna, being very highly decorated with all jewels, He is sent for tending the cows in the forest. So there was a thief in that meeting. So he thought that "Why not then go to Vrindavana and plunder this boy? He is in the forest with so many valuable jewels. I can go there and catch the child and take the, all the jewels." That was his intention. So, he was serious that "I must find out that boy. Then in one night I shall become millionaire. So much jewelries. No."

So he went there, but his qualification was that "I must see Krishna, I must see Krishna." That anxiety, that eagerness, made it possible that in Vrindavana he saw Krishna. He saw Krishna the same way as he was informed by the Bhagavata reader. Then he saw, "Oh, oh, you are so nice boy, Krishna." So he began to flatter. He thought that "Flattering, I shall take all the jewels" (laughter). So when he proposed his real business, "So may I take some of your these ornaments? You are so rich." "No, no, no. You... My mother will be angry. I cannot..." (laughter) Krishna as a child. So he became more and more eager for Krishna. And then... By Krishna's association, he had already become purified. Then, at last, Krishna said, "All right, you can take." Then he became a devotee, immediately. Because by Krishna's association...

So some way or other, we should come in contact with Krishna. Some way or other. Then we'll be purified.