‘But shouldn’t we experience some relief of the pains of material existence?’
Yes but this comes exactly by, possibly even more difficulties. We are taking on so many difficulties in the service of Krishna, and taking on all these difficulties in the service of Krishna – that is our saving grace, because that will create absorption. If everything was just only very sweet and the mind would still think, “But maybe the grass is greener on the other side?”
But when there is overwhelming problems in Krishna Consciousness to deal with – that is our saving grace, since it totally absorbs the mind, so we can’t think of anything else anymore, and then after doing that for Krishna, one day we will find that our material desires have diminished! They have just automatically diminished simply by engaging in this devotional service!
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, January 2011)