Danda-krt asks for our view on the following instructive story and whether we agree with it
December 28th, 2010

They won’t let me in. In short should people in an unclean state be allowed in the temple?

They Won’t Let Me In

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. People were filling the temple to its full capacity! As they entered, each were given a bulletin filled with announcements, arcana rates, rates for different pujas.

At the end of the line stood an older man. His clothes were filthy and you could tell that he had not bathed in days. His face was covered with whiskers, for he had not shaved for a very long time. When he reached the main door, he removed his tattered old cap in respect. His hair was long, dirty, and a tangled mess. He had no shoes on his feet, and wore only soiled black socks to cover the sores upon his feet. The gatekeeper looked at him turning up his nose at the old man and said, “Uh, I’m sorry sir, but I’m afraid we can’t let you in. You will distract the congregation and we don’t allow anyone to disrupt our service. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave.”

The old man looked down at himself and with a puzzled look on his face, he placed his old brown hat back upon his head and turned to leave. He was sad as he loved to hear the devotees sing praises to the Lord. He carried in his pocket a small worn out Gita and loved to see if someone preached a passage from Gita that he had underlined. But he was respectful, and didn’t want to cause any commotion, so he hung down his head and walked back down the steps of the big temple.

He sat down on the brick wall near the edge and strained to listen through closed doors and windows to the mantras going on in the temple. Oh how he wished he could be inside with all the others.

A few minutes had passed by when all of a sudden a younger man came up behind him and sat down near him. He asked the old man what he was doing? He answered, “I was going to go to have darshan of the Lord today, but they thought I was too filthy, my clothes too old and worn, and they were afraid I would disrupt their service. Sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. My name is Gangaram.” The two men shook hands, and Gangaram couldn’t help but notice that this man had long hair. He was very handsome and had a different look. He could feel the smell of cows on him. He had bare feet, now covered with dust and dirt.

The stranger touched Gangaram’s shoulder, and said: “Sir, don’t feel bad because they won’t let you in. My name is Krishna, and I’ve been trying to get into this same temple for years — they won’t let me in either.”

One Response to “Danda-krt asks for our view on the following instructive story and whether we agree with it”

  1. Adi-gopi dd says:

    Hare Krsna dear Guru Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances at Your lotusfeet, All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
    Thank You for Your words about this topic!

    i wish You, and all other Vaisnavas around the world a spiritual happy New Year!
    Y.s. Adi-gopi dd