(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.31)
Sometimes we have people who are so much into the rules and regulations but with that, they are not helping us because they make the process inaccessible to the general public. We see that Prabhupada didn’t do that. Therefore Prabhupada told us that in deity worship there are three principles which are important: cleanliness, punctuality and simplicity.
Simplicity is nice because it makes it accessible. It means that even if you are not a specialist, you can still do it – which is important. If we become so much wrapped up in so much rituals, so much rules… then only professional pujaris can manage it. So Krsna consciousness is simple for the simple.
I will end with a statement from Tribhuvanatha. It is not recorded anywhere in the vedabase but not everything Prabhupada said or did was recorded, believe it or not! There are some things that devotees just remember.
Satsvarupa Maharaja, when he was interviewing people for the Lilamrta, had a strict standard that he would not include stories that came from one person only. He would take only stories that were confirmed by a second person. I think that in general, it is a good policy but if the person is of a very high calibre, like Tribhuvanatha, then we will accept.
Tribhuvanatha said that Prabhupada made the statement once, in an arrival address, that Krsna consciousness is so simple, you might just miss it. I really find that a very profound statement.