(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 December 2011, Durban South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.6)
Always thinking about ourselves is our biggest problem. We have to start preaching. Just like this temple; it is undoubtedly a very special place! I think that there is no temple quite like it in the entire world. It’s a unique building; it really is. I mean inside, it is definitely dazzling or something like that. Let’s say it’s an inspired building – the architect was inspired by Krsna and the whole worship is very gorgeous and opulent.
But still, if the temple doesn’t become the base from where the mercy goes out to the world then after a while, it becomes very dry. Even with all the opulence, with all the deity worship, with all the gorgeous arrangements and with all the festivals – it will become dry.
And Ratha Yatra, if it is just about us then that also becomes dry. If it’s just about us having a good time then it will not satisfy the heart as long as we are concerned with having a good time. So, that is the key – to go beyond just enjoying our own parties and festivals!