(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 March 2013, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.17)
I was thinking yesterday evening, as I was sitting there in the kirtan and it was so transcendental. I was first; I start a raga and it transforms into rock – that is due to the sixties and seventies. What to do! But then Sacinandana Maharaj began in his prayerful and enthusiastic way. He is the inspiration of this kirtan mela and I was looking at the Panca tattva, at their amazing effulgence, that very extraordinary beautiful golden darshan and I was thinking its all Gauranga, it’s all his plan!
He just inspires Sacinandana Swami who is deep, who has the strength, he is into going deep in spiritual life. He is into deep bhajan, into deep worship, he is the one who gave us japa retreats, Govardhan retreats and gave us kirtan mela. Who says to us, “My dear devotees, I will tell you something very important.” (laughter and applause as Maharaj mimics Sacinandana Swami)
And basically, what he means to say is “quality”. If you burn it down to one word – quality! Quality chanting, quality contemplation not just automatic pilot, not just be there and go along with the flow. No! Work for it, work hard, try to get the mercy of the holy name. Chant concentrate, fix the mind and so on. That’s what he is preaching all the time, in different ways but that’s what is needed.