(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, April 2012) Lecture: CC Madhya-lila 200-250
Devotees who are always sort of hesitating, ‘You know I just can’t do it!’
They don’t advance very much. Even someone who is having difficulties in chanting. All right, we are not so intolerant, so we can tolerate that. It can be difficult to immediately go to sixteen rounds, but one must get there. One cannot remain just on eight rounds – sorry it’s just not good enough! Eight rounds mean another birth; eight means missing the boat; eight means sorry, we are going to leave you behind. For a while doing eight rounds is okay, of course to warm up to get there, but sixteen rounds is the best number. Prabhupada brought it down, since it is the back to Godhead number. At the minimum of sixteen rounds, we can go back to Godhead.
So what can I say? I have boxes of tissues for everyone. I have sympathy. I don’t hold hands but none the less I am certainly very understanding. I know what it’s like to be confronted with weakness. I have experienced it within me, that there is weakness and I also feel that I have to fight it – it is not automatic!