(A story by Shiv Khera retold by HH Sacinandana Swami)

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success.

Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.

When they met, Socrates asked the young man to walk with him into the river.

When the water reached their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him under the water.

The boy struggled to get out, but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue.

Finally, Socrates pulled his head out of the water.

The first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked:

“What did you want the most while you were there?”

The boy replied: “Air.”

Socrates said:

“That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.”

There is no other secret.

A devotee should want only Krishna! HOW MUCH WE WANT KRISHNA?

If you want Krishna as badly as the boy needed air, then your spiritual life will be a success.



Many devotees go to Krishna only when they have some need.  They cry to get what they need.  After getting what they want, they become weak in crying for Krishna.

Actually every devotee should always be crying within his heart to get the mercy of Krishna.  Krishna is ready to extend His mercy to all. But, we do not ask as deeply as required.

A devotee should cry to Krishna like a child cries for milk from mother.  The child has no ill motives. It has no other way than to cry for milk.  Similarly, we too should think that we have no other way than Krishna to protect us and we should cry to Krishna with this mindset.

Krishna will show Himself to us and he will take care of our needs.

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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