(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, 29th April 2012) Lecture: Vyasa Puja 2012
When you get older, take care of yourself – that’s your service! First service is take care of yourself. As Srila Prabhupada said:
‘First health, then sadhana, and then service.’
Take care of yourself, by all means, but of course, in all aspects…so when one is older then one needs to concentrate on his energy, but because one has a lot of experience (and a lot of depth) then one can give it in a very concentrated form and that is the business of the elder.
As stated in the Vedas that the brahmacaris, they are the legs. It means that they are young and therefore they have to run around basically all day, and that is their business. But the elders they are meant to give that deeper and concentrated wisdom of a lifetime, which comes together with scriptures and by practice and realization. It’s these three – there’s all the wisdom of a lifetime, which comes together with the scriptures and then actual realization – then it’s deep and strong, and that is what we need!