Devotee: When it comes to stumbling blocks in spiritual progress, with things like lust, pride and disturbances of the mind, then sometimes I can clearly see them coming (or even clearly realise them when they are there), but still they stay there and just from the knowledge they won’t disappear. So I was wondering how to deal with that, since we are conditioned and are aware of it but we are still being conditioned by it?
Maharaja: Krishna says:
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ,’ (Bg 18.66)
Krishna says that He will take away all the impurities! We cannot take them away ourselves:
‘How come, I’m still having all these conditioned qualities in me and I don’t want them. I have tried so much to give them up, and they just don’t go!’
It means we have to surrender to Krishna’s system of devotional service and He’ll take away the impurities and that’s how it works. So if we are confronted with our own impurities then we have to increase the quality and quantity of devotional service!