(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2012, Bhaktivedanta Manor, London UK) Lecture: Part 2 seminar – Higher taste
Maharaja: No, we should know our limits by hearing from senior vaisnavas. We will never know our own limits by our own calculating, but then we go on for sure! So we must really know from senior vaisnavas. You don’t just have a spiritual master as a pin up button on your bead bag, since he must become the core – the centre of your spiritual life, and that’s where it’s happening. Of course, then we say:
‘Yes, yes I want that, but my spiritual master is never there, he never answers my mail!’
Then I always say that, that’s good because you know that he’s chanting Hare Krishna and not on the whole day on the computer. So it doesn’t mean only the diksa guru, it means the vaisnavas. So in consultation, you can determine your limits. Like I said to this Prabhu here that the doctor couldn’t do the surgery on himself, you know it’s hard to cut open your own navel. Therefore if we are setting limits for ourselves, then we will probably set the limits a bit too low, whereas if someone else is setting the limits for us then it will push us just a little bit more than we push ourselves, you see so there must be a consultation, actually with the senior vaisnavas…
Gurudas: If we are limited but we are connected to the unlimited source then would we be able to do more and more?
Maharaja: Yes of course. I often say that when we do a particular service, we think:
‘This is my service, now I’m doing service.’
And later that service leads to a greater service, and then we see:
‘Actually this we only the preparation for what I’m doing now.’
Then again later we will do something greater, then we realise:
‘This was all along only preparation for what I really want, and I was taking myself so serious. Why was I doing it? I thought that I was really doing something, and now I realise that Krishna was only preparing me all along for this service that I’m doing now.’
So it’s unlimited and will increase over time and that is the ocean of transcendental love of God! It’s always increasing eternally! It’s unlimited and the taste is unlimited.