(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12th March 2012, New York) Lecture: SB 3.31.45-46

In the beginning our relationship is about what we are getting from Krishna, but later it becomes what we are giving to Krishna! Even in the beginning if we act it out:

‘Yes. Yes, I understand that He is not our order supplier. We should not pray to Him for our daily bread – no. We should only serve Him.’

But even while we are only serving Him, we are thinking all of the time:

‘What am I getting? Am I getting any ecstasy? Oh, Krishna please lift me above my misery. Oh, pull me out of this horrible material conditioned state of consciousness that I’m faced with everyday. Krishna please give me a drop of Your mercy!’

So we are very much thinking about what we are getting, even when we are trying to be selfless, but gradually that changes. That comes from making a sacrifice in service. If one wants to make that breakthrough to a point where we begin to become more focused on the pleasure of Krishna, then one has to put in substantial time, and make substantial sacrifice in the service of Krishna, which is important! Devotional service may start very casually but gradually it has to capture us and we have to really put in:

‘prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā,’ (SB.10.22.35)

We have to put in all our energy. We have to put in all that we have – like our possessions, our intelligence, and totally think of how e are we going to do it? It has to totally absorb us, and we have to chant to glorify Krishna. So in this way through:

‘prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā,’ (SB.10.22.35), then we can get to this other level where we are drawn to Krishna. Where we are eager to please Krishna!

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