Can a person from a Scheduled community practice devotion to Krishna?
A Girl devotee (Namke hidden) asked like this:
“Prabhuji…i am a girl of 27years old and bekongs to an ST caste. I have been mentally harassed all the time i want to do good for others or sacrifice. Firstly i thought to die and finish my life. But then i heard some devotees telling about aatmahatya will be against gods will as he is the creator and only he has the authority to do so.then i decided to go with iskon and to live with lord krishna become a dasi forever. Is it possible for me to have this opportunity being a ST child or infront of lord all are treated being equal. Kindly reply with your valuable quote. Or else i will be frustrated more and don’t know what will happen if i loose my concious.”
Why do you think yourself as lower?
The best thing in this kaliyuga is that the birth based caste system is discouraged and the caste factor is becoming weak.
So, no one need to feel inferior considering his/her caste based on the birth.
Krishna Bakthi is related to athma and not body related. It is the practice of the athma towards the Paramathma Krishna.
Athma has no castes, no priorities. Its only target is its master Krishna.
Since we are seriously involved in material pleasures, we have forgotten our master and are struggling in life.
Krishna never took avatars in the families of so called higher castes. He took avatars in the houses of persons who had done penances for the same in their previous births.
Krishna’s mercy is open to all equally. Anyone who shows exclusive love on Krishna and service attitude can get His mercy back abundantly.
Has He said in any place that only a certain communities are eligible to practice devotion?
Even the so called VARNA in the Varnashrama system is not based on the birth, but, it is based on the quality and profession.
Anyone who develops the qualities meant for the brahmanas can become a brahmana.
And, anyone who does not follow the rules meant for brahmanas lose his status of Brahmana.
It is not a permanent status.
A status is acquired by a person with sincere practice.
Anyone can either improve or bring down his status.
All depend on his activities.
If you take ISKCON, it has no barriers for joining in it and it has serious devotees from all countries, races, religions, communities, etc.
ISKCON is the best example for the fact that anyone of any status can become serious devotees.
So, you have no barrier to join ISKCON as a practitioner of devotion.
Attend the programs regularly in the nearby temple/ center and take some services.
Forget your community and consider yourself as a servant of Krishna.
This will be a new birth to you – A servant of Krishna.
Everything will be auspicious. Be hopeful in life and never think of suicide that is the most painful and sinful.
All the best.