I sometimes refer to the temple as a station. The place where we board. The vehicle…the place where we board the vehicle that takes us to the perfect destination.
In that way we can see that place. Of course it’s very important! You can only get on board on the train – in a station. When the train is moving in between stations you can’t dive in through the window. You have to board from the station. So in the same way within the process of bhakti, one cannot on his own just take up devotional service and fabricate it! It is not possible, even if one has a devotional inclination!
Sometimes we see how intelligent mundane philosophers are speculating. Sometimes its surprising how close they get and how they got a point…. and they really got it – one point, and they missed about a thousand of others! But even the fact that they had the one point is amazing! How did they figure it out? I don’t know:
‘panthās tu koṭi-śata-vatsara-sampragamyo
vāyor athāpi manaso muni-puṅgavānām
so ’py asti yat-prapada-sīmny avicintya-tattve
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi’ (Bs5.34)
One cannot approach Krishna through a speculative process, though it will not be possible. One must go through the station….one must go through the authorised residence of Krishna, which is bound by the rules and regulations of the scriptures. Where there are sadhus that uphold these standards and that will create the entrance into the spiritual world!