(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja, in his span of 55 years has shown us a life of dedication. The more we trace it back … more
HH KKS: Even if we have the good fortune that we come in contact with some transcedental knowledge…then still…still our desire to become free from the material world is very weak, our desire to make spiritual advancement is very weak …thus we say spiritual life is so difficult …it is so difficult. It is not difficult ..in a way …because there are unlimited arrangements and facilities for devotional service. If one looks at it from a philosophical perspective it is not difficult because from a philosophical perspective one can perform devotional service anywhere and everywhere.
Yesterday I was reading about Gopala Guru Goswami…something about his biography and it was described that when he was only a small boy..that at that time Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu….he once saw Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who went into the forest to relieve himself. And at that time he saw that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was holding his tongue with his hand. So the boy asked why are you holding your tongue. He said: My tongue is always chanting..I can’t stop it ..it just chants all the time…but while I’m in such a contaminated state then it is better that I don’t chant and so I am holding My tongue.
But the boy said that: what if you will die, what if someone will die while being in that contaminated condition …it doesn’t make any sense..one should always chant.
And Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said: yes..correct..one should always chant and thus He said: Gopala yes you are guru………..right…so he became Gopala Guru.
So there is no condition in this material world…no condition where one can not perform devotional service…nowhere…devotional service can be performed at any time, any place any circumstances…anywhere and everywhere…….by anyone irregardless of who one is …irregardless of one’s previous sinful activities….no one is exempt….so philosophically it is not difficult to engage in devotional service because it is always possible…and especially if one has received the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and is aware of harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha…., if one is aware that this chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the process…….is the process for connecting with the Supreme Lord. It is the most merciful process because it reaches out without any condition.
Any other process offered in the scriptures for elevating one self always has some conditions attached to it……….But the Hare Krishna Mahamantra doesn’t have any conditions attached to it. No conditions whatsoever…(sanskrit)…no conditions..thus devotional service is unconditionally available to the living beings….that’s amazing!!!…it’s not difficult from the philosophical perspective …but it becomes difficult when one has weak desire to engage in devotional service …then it is difficult. It becomes difficult when one has strong material desires……..