Phase Three of Faith
Why do they put flotation devices under
airplane seats instead of parachutes?
Why we drive on parkways and park on
When we're in a car and looking for an address
we can't find, why do we turn down the
volume on the radio?
Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
Why are they called stairs inside but steps
Why do gynecologists leave the room when
Why is there a disclaimer on the Allstate
Auto Insurance commercials that says
"Not available in all states"?
Why is it that everyone driving faster than
you is considered an idiot and everyone
driving slower than you is a moron?
When does it stop being partly cloudy and
start being partly sunny?
If money doesn't grow on trees then why do
banks have branches?
Do prison buses have emergency exits?
But the most perplexing question
of all I want to ask Krishna, Why
does He wait to answer prayers? If
He hears it immediately and has the
power to do it, why the delay?
His Divine A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
1896 - 1977
Why don’t you
take up Lord
preach in the
world?” In the
very first sight,
he told me.
I wanted to remain
as a householder
and preach, but
Guru Maharaj did not
like this idea. I could
Sometime I was
dreaming that he
was calling me, and I
was horrified that
“I’ll have to go away
(laughter) So at last
it happened so that I
left my home in 1950
and became a
In 1959 he took
of spiritual life,
and in 1965, at the
advanced age of
70, His Divine
Grace arrived in
New York City to
fulfill his spiritual
When he first
arrived by freighter
in New York City,
after a year of
great difficulty did
he establish the
Society for Krishna
July of 1966.
Before he passed away on November
14, 1977, he had guided the Society to a
worldwide confederation of more than
one hundred ashramas, schools,
temples, institutes, and farm
Krishna said, “You all
know how Yudhisthir was
unfairly defeated at dice.
He & his brothers were
forced to live in the forest
for 13 years.They suffered
unbearable hardships, especially in
this last year when they were obliged to
accept menial service from others. They
now seek their rightful kingdom.”
“Let us us try by all means to settle this affair
peaceably and fully in accordance with the eternal
codes of religion. Let us avoid unnecessary
violence. But if Duryodhone will not return
Yudhisthira’s lands, then I think there will have to
Patience a virtue, elusive
Krishna is patient. He wants us
to be like Him
• Delay is to test you & get you ready for
difficulties, renewal of strength
"Doth God exact day-
John Milton labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience,
That murmur, soon replies,
"God doth not need
Either man's work or his
own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they
serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his
And post o'er land and
ocean without rest;
They also serve who only
stand and wait."
• Don't Fear
• Don't Fret
• Don't Faint
• Don't Forget
“A true yogi observes Me in all beings,
and also sees every being in Me.
Indeed, the self realized person sees
Me, the Supreme Lord, everywhere.
Antidote to Fear is Focus
There will never be a time in your
life when Krishna is not with you.
He's with you now, He always
has been and He always will be.
He's with you on your good days
and your bad days. He's with
you when you feel it and He's
with you when you don't feel it.
in Me, I am
nor is he
ever lost to
"Fear not, for I am with you.". You'll
never face any situation in life that God
isn't facing it with you. We tend to
forget that, and when we do we start
being afraid. Don't fear but focus on
Krishnas's presence -- He's with you all
Krishna has not forgotten you. He knows what
you're going through. It is a delay by design.
Krishna wants to build your character and He
wants you to learn to trust in Him. You can count
on Him for His help.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds you dread are full of mercy
& will break in blessings on your heads.
“Krsna is instructing
Prabhupada us how to understand
Him. That is our only
business. This human
form of life is meant
Krsna because we are
very thickly related
with Krsna, just like
father and the son.
This relation cannot
be broken. Maybe son
is out of home, son
may have forgotten,
but Krsna, the
supreme father, He
does not forget.”
Fret means worry. Uptight. Complain.
We do that when we get into Delays.
We worry, get uptight, get stressed
out, start griping.
“I do not see how
any good can
come from killing
my own kinsmen
in this battle, nor
can I, my dear
will get you
When we try to
take matters into
our own hands
we get in trouble.
We try to help
Krishna out. It's
frustrating to be
in a hurry and
Krishna Larger than Time
A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.
Seeds Sleep in Winter
Sprout in Spring
The very fact that
awake at night
means we're not
living by faith.
"Don't fear, don't
I'm always with
you and trust My
Of the Six Phases, for Americans,
Phase Three is the most difficult. We
don't like to wait. Americans are
activists -- doers. We think it's far
easier to work than wait. I'm Mr.
Fixer. Krishna says I'll fix it if you
just wait. It's the delay that's
building your character. He can fix it
better than you can.
“My dear Krishna,
seeing my friends
& relatives before
me in such a
fighting spirit, I feel
the limbs of my
body quivering &
my mouth drying
up. Gita 1/27
“My whole body is trembling, & my
hair is standing on end, my bow
Gandiva is slipping from my hand, &
my skin is burning.I am unable to
stand here any longer. I am
forgetting myself,& my mind is
reeling. I see only causes of
misfortune, O Krishna, killer of the
Kesi demon. Gita 1/29,30
If only -- means we start to second guess
ourselves. Maybe Krishna is not listening
and He doesn't care. If only I'd done
Let’s Go Back
When we go through the delay
phase of life we tend to idealize
the past. We talk about the good
old days -- which really weren't that good.
The only thing good about them is they're
over. The grass isn't greener on this or that
side of the fence -- it's greener where you
water it. The good old days always look
better in hind sight than they really were.
We get into a project, start having a delay,
and then want to give up.
live in slavery
than face the
fear of freedom.
They want to
go back, give
up. They settle
• One seed of corn gives a whole stalk
with thousands on it.
• Always a delay between sowing and
reaping. There's always a season.
• Krishna wants to see if you're going to
keep cultivating, planting, sowing -- see
if you really mean business.
• No delay, no character development, no
stretching your faith.
"Nothing in this world can
take the place of
persistence. Talent will not.
There is nothing more
common than unsuccessful men with
talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will
not. The world is full of educated
derelicts. Persistence and determination,
alone, omnipotent. The slogan `Press on'
has solved and always will solve the
problems of the human race."
“O son of Prtha, do not
yield to this degrading
impotence. It does not
become you. Give up
such petty weakness of
heart & arise, O
chastiser of the enemy.
What do I pray during the delay phases of life?
Pray "Help me hold on and not give up." "They
who wait upon the Lord, will renew their strength.
They will mount up with wings, as eagles. They
will run and not be weary. They will walk and not
faint." They won't give up. They'll keep on
• Krsna boliya se jiva bahir anadir mukha
• Ateava maya tara dehe samsara dukha
• Because the living entity has forgotten
his eternal relation with Krishna, he is
cast into the material energy where he
experiences the miseries of birth, death,
old age, & disease.
Always Remember Krishna
When a delay
we forget all
out..has in the
past & will do
Never Forget Krishna
1600 A. D.
"The Lord is not
being slow to
carry out His
He is being
He wants you to
develop first, some
growth patterns He
wants you to put into
your life. Krishna's
never in a hurry. He
can do things
immediately, but He's
working on a larger
agenda. The delays
that come in your life do
not destroy Krishna's
purpose. They make
you a better person.
What is it you've been waiting on
Krishna to do? For Him to turn a
problem around? To answer a
prayer? To make a way in a place
where it seems impossible for there
to be a way, financially or physically
or any other way? Maybe you've
been waiting on Krishna to bring that
right person along? Maybe you've
been waiting on Krishna to turn a
crisis into a solution? God hasn't
forgotten. And a delay is not a
denial. Not yet is not the same thing
• "These things won't happen right away.
Slowly, steadily, surely, the time
approaches when the vision will be
fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair,
Just be patient! They will not be overdue
a single day!"
• The things you've waited for in your life,
Krishna will bring to fulfillment if you do
not faint, do not fret, do not fear, do not