(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 September 2013, Lenasia, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture)
We have temples where we can associate of devotees and get new inspiration because after all, this is a movement. Srila Bhakisiddhanta said, “It’s not an addendum in life.” It is not that Krsna consciousness is something we add on. “You know, I really feel that Krsna consciousness takes an important part in my life.” No, if we think like that then it’s an add on. That is not good enough.
Krsna consciousness is our life. There’s nothing else. There’s nothing else. That’s all there is. Therefore Srila Bhaktisiddhanta said, “Krsna consciousness is not an addendum in life.” It is a total revolution. Complete, total change. It is meant to touch every aspect of life and become the priority.
Therefore, I sometimes say that when you look your beloved in the eyes, you can say, “Darling, you are the most important person in my life… after Krsna.”
That is kind of how it is. Everything else comes after Krsna. We can try that and if you can’t make it, if you can’t say that from the heart, then you are in maya (laughter)! Just think about it. So that means we have to gradually cultivate our Krsna consciousness more and more until we get there, to that stage where vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti.
bahūnāḿ janmanām ante
jñānavān māḿ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti
sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ (Bhagavad-gita 7.19)
A great soul is very rare, is one who after many, many births comes to that stage where he is says, Vasudeva, Krsna is everything.