Devotee Relationships: Cultivating Loving Relationships

                                                                  Q. From the beginning on, I have been completely unable to fit in with the devotees. The major issue seems to be my lack of faith or confidence in the process, and the devotees do not seem to tolerate that. For the most part at the nama-hatta, nobody speaks to me at all, and if they do, it is usually in a patronizing, condescending tone. Unless I initiate a conversation, barely anyone ever talks to me. I therefore feel like I am merely an impostor and that they would rather see I wouldn't be there at all.

                                                                  Q. I would like to submit a question regarding devotee relationships. From my personal experience I notice that while all the devotees are very wonderfully engaged in service to Sri Guru and Gauranga in different ways, at the same time they find themselves extremely busy, not having time to call one-another, inquire about each other's well-being, spend time with each other in sharing their experiences in Krishna Consciousness etc.

                                                                  So this sometimes causes me to think back if it isn't true that loving relationship is the key to our Krsna Consciousness journey.

                                                                  Q. My relationship with my mother has considerably improved. Even though we do not fight as much, we still argue quite a lot and we do sometimes fight, but for the time being it's quite peaceful. How can I improve my relationship with my mother?

                                                                  In addition to what you are already doing, which are major steps forward, here are some additional recommendations.

                                                                  Q. I'm interested to know what if by nature or past impressions I'm a loner,  always avoiding people/devotees, less expressive or completely seeming introvert, how can I overcome this nature because a part of me wants to be spontaneous or break open but other part holds me back? I fear that due to  exhibiting such nature I may be failing to establish good association/relation as I feel loosely connected to others!

                                                                  I have two very simple recommendations for you.

                                                                  One is to find JUST ONE PERSON with whom you can openly express yourself, and invest in that relationship.

                                                                  Q. Regarding the recent passing away of His Grace Tamal Krishna Maharaja, how should one interpret his leaving his body in an accident? Is this karma? Do pure devotees also have karma? What mental state would maharaja have been in? It has happened all of a sudden. Will he go back to Godhead? Why such a death? How does Krishna's statement that my devotee will not perish fit in this? Lastly I am convinced Maharaja went back to Godhead but how to preach in a congregation if asked these questions?