HH KKS: Great devotees of the Lord, they become very attached to Krishna. You see, for them Krishna is not some abstract idea, is there a God? is it not?…No for them it is a a reality and they are experiencing Krishna at every moment. For them it is not a question: Does Krishna exist? Does He not exist? For them it is not a point: oh Krishna is described in the Mahabharata ….Oh Krishna He spoke to Arjuna 5000 yrs ago…no….For them it is: Krishna spoke to me five mninutes ago! Krishna is communicating to me right now, Krishna is there all the time, that it is for them.
For others who are devout pious followers of some Dharma, they may be: (Maharaja speaks jokingly in Indian accent!) “Krishna was here 5000 years ago and we are still following the tradition, it has been followed by so many generations, we are maintaining the tradition of our ancestors and faithfully exactly as it was done 5000yrs ago.. we are doing today, so we are pleased that we are also inviting you to partake ..ahhh, ahh ..acha” So we are seeing here devout following of a 50000yrs tradition but if we experience it we feel old and stuffy and when these ancient Grnths (books) are open it is as if lots of dust is coming from the pages.. (cough!), it feels like spirituality is stuffy amd dry and austere and it is all about ritual. (Maharaja again speaks jokingly in Indian accent!) : “We must perform the ritual as it is exactly described in the literature and that is the way ..it is our duty..yes.”
But this is not Bhakti, there is no love and ther is no life, therefore one must feel the connection also for Krishna now …….or other wise how is it posible? So how can one feel the connection to Krishna right now?…
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritaswadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam
So this cleansing of the heart has to be done throught chanting Hare Krishna, that is our immediate connection to Krishna and gives us life, it is the life of all transcendental knowledge, without the chanting there is no more life. This is the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who teaches us that this chanting of Hare Krishna gives new life. So we should chant, day and night, 24 hrs, that’s the solution.
Nectar of Devotion class 05/2002