16- no less! It is there where the mercy of Srila Prabhupada is present. Even if we would chant a very good round, even if we would chant so many good rounds, still where are we on our own strength? What is the value of our attention? Even if we are attentive to Krsna, even if we focus on Krsna, how deep is that focus? Can we chant ourselves back to the spiritual world? No way! We are simply realizing that we’re trying and trying and trying and we’re at the same time hoping and hoping for the mercy of Srila Prabhupada. I’ve sometimes given this example, that, imagine it’s the end of our life and they are judging our life. They look at it and they go, ‘Oh boy! Look at this one…hmmm…not very good; he didn’t do well at all.’ Some start to say, ‘it would be better to let this one do it one more time.’ And it starts to look like that, that there is going to be one more time…and just then, one said, ‘No, no! Wait a minute! This one, this one is from the party of Prabhupada!’

‘Oh, well, very good…’
It is like that, that we ared not only going back on the strength of our own performance in spiritual life but we’re going back on the strength of Srila Prabhupada’s prayers also. But he extended the mercy of the Lord to 16 rounds and we want it for less? ‘Can’t I chant one good round? Wouldn’t that be enough?’ No! chant one good round and 15 not so good but everyday 16, and then try to chant 2 good rounds!
But we certainly depend on the mercy of the vaisnavas of Srila Prabhupada, of Lord Caitanya…
(HH KKS, DBN, SA, 2009)

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