(Kadamba Kanana Maharaja, 21 September 2012, Durban, South Africa)

In chanting Hare Krsna, Krsna is already there. We are directly with Him, directly associating with Him. It’s only because we are blind… ‘Hare Krsna Hare Krsna….are you there Krsna? I don’t see You…’

(Krsna says), ‘because you’re blind…’

‘Hare Krsna Hare Krsna…’

So, blindly we are chanting Krsna’s name, blindly we chanting His name and He’s there but we’re not seeing. Gradually in our chanting we begin to realize that Krsna is really there all along. All along He was there. So that’s the unique feature of our movement- we have direct connection with Krsna!

We always live with Krsna at every moment. That is what we forget and that is the problem that we have- we forget that we always live with Krsna. And when we forget, then we are experiencing, ‘oh, this trouble…that trouble…’ and then we are struggling and so on, because we forget that we live with Krsna. So as soon as we remember that we are living with Krsna, there is no more trouble, everything is perfect because we are living with Krsna. Of course, that does not mean that we are not facing material difficulty…Srila Prabhupada was also very ill at the end of His life and undergoing difficulties from that. But it didn’t carry away His consciousness, although somethings he didn’t like…But it didn’t in any way interfere with his Krsna consciousness and with remembering that ‘I’m with Krsna.’ So although it was disturbing, it was insignificant at the same time. Therefore if we remember that we are always with Krsna then there wont be any problems. Never will there be a situation where we are stuck, ‘what do I do now? I don’t know what to do!’ That doesn’t exist because Krsna is always there.

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