(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 July 2013, Durban, South Africa, Lecture: Journey of faith)

srila prabhupada_2During my stay at the Krsna Balaram mandir, initially I was very impressed by the deities and the temple. But gradually it began to dawn on me that Prabhupada was even more prominently present in Vrindavan than Krsna. Krsna is so much present in Vrindavan – everywhere! But I realized that in the Krsna Balaram mandir, Prabhupada is even more present and that by satisfying Prabhupada’s desire, we will attain Krsna. That became very apparent to me.

And suddenly, I understood the secret of the Hare Krsna movement. I understood that the sincerity, the dedication that I had mistaken for fanaticism, was actually found in the devotees love for Prabhupada. Because at the time when I joined, the movement consisted of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples. They were very sincere and dedicated simply because of their love for Prabhupada.

That was a unique feature. That is the one thing this movement had over others, and we see that it brought about much greater changes in peoples’ lives.


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