She really is the true embodiment of surrender, service and sincerity. I am so struck by her humble nature and grateful heart.
When she was opening the gifts, she said, “How will I be able to reciprocate for such a gift?” But actually, the devotees were reciprocating with Mother Kaulini for her inspirational service attitude and her magnanamous association.
The phrase “strict with yourself, lenient with others” always comes to my mind when thinking of M. Kaulini. She is the hardest working woman in Krishna Consciousness. She is so pure of mind, heart and body. She is very strict with her saddhana. I remember one time she did not come to the morning program. It was during japa and still none of us had seen her. I got very worried and was knocking on her door. She finally answered it. She was not dead (thank Krishna!) but simply asleep. She had gone to a program the night before and returned rather late. Because M. Kaulini is so timely and steady (30+ years at Gita Nagarai!) that to not see her in the morning was alarming.
This morning I spoke with her and she is still “in heaven” over the iPod. She was expressing her feelings of undue good fortune that so many devotees would feel such affection for her. She said she feels very well taken care of and reassured that she never has to worry about this.
Mother Kaulini related this story to me. Many years ago when everyone was leaving Gita Nagari, one of the main devotees here said to her, “What do you mean you’re staying? Who do you think is going to take care of you in your old age?”. And with conviction Mother Kaulini looked at him and said, “The devotees will take care of me.” This devotee actually laughed at her, like “yeah, right.” Then she told me, “just see, just see Prabhupada’s mercy.”
trnad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
kirtaniyah sada harih
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in teh street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.
I have heard that this mantra should be worn around the neck of a devotee. What does this mean? By meditating on Mother Kaulini I have had some realiztion about this verse. Humility is the greatest ornament of a devotee. Mother Kaulini is so simple in her appearance and demeanor and yet so beautiful because she has adorned herself with this mantra.