(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21 November 2012, Cape Town, South Africa)
In the Hare Krsnna movement, when we speak about mercy, we are certainly not speaking about grace only…mercy only. It’s not that someone has died for us and suffered for our sins and now all we need is grace. No, we need grace but we also need to rectify our behaviour. We need to give up sinful activity but that’s not all. We need to also cultivate our devotional creeper. We need to take the seed of bhakti, plant it in our heart, cultivate our devotional creeper and then water it by hearing and chanting, ‘śravaṇa-kīrtana-jale karaye secana,‘ (CC. Madhya-Lila 19.152). In that way, the creeper can grow very nicely.