All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Dear Maharaja, please accept my most respectful obeisances
Rodrigo Hernandez here from Santiago, Chile. Two hours ago I arrived back since Valparaiso. Since Friday I was in that city. I was invited to read poetry at a major international event called "Universal Forum of Cultures." We were at the University of Playa Ancha. I had to share with three important surrealist poets from Cuba, Argentina and Chile. It was a nice experience. There was also time to be alone and think about my spiritual life.
I could not write before you because I've been to many existential questions. On one side is my desire to live a spiritual life in ISKCON, serve you and Srila Prabhupada and learn to love Krishna. All this is best for me and makes me very happy.
The problem is that sometimes Maya tells to my mind "you are a poet, lives life intensely! Enjoy this world, do not be a fool!". Most of the poets and artists I know are driven by passion and each time there is much passion in me.
It is true that I haven’t the good qualities of a Vaishnava monk, but I want to learn to be a devoted servant of Krishna. I want to live my life in Krishna Consciousness, I serve you and Srila Prabhupada, I have my own Vaishnava family (a wife and children for Krishna). However, sometimes appears in my mind that wild side, those crazy desires.
Then sometimes comes a struggle between a spiritual life or a life like most poets. It is as if there were two different people inside me. My heart says "You are for Krishna and Guru."
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be honest. You are vey important for me.
I hope you can forgive all my offenses,
Your humble servant,
Bhakta Rodrigo Hernandez Piceros
HpS - AGTSP pamho. Thank you for nice letter and I think many people have same questions.
Actors are often involved in these very intense material, artistic lives also.
But look at the Vaisnava poets, like Krsna das Kaviraja in Caitanya caritamrta and Suka deva Goswami in SB, Vyasadeva and the songs of Narottama Das and Bhaktivinode.
Ooof. Here is poetry that takes us beyond the wild side.
There are no wilder lovers that Radha and Krsna!!!
But it is also the most chaste of all relations.
Try to touch this mystery with your poetry.
You don't have to give up anything. Just see it all in perspective!
What of Narottama's songs?