(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 December 2013, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.9.3)

There are many ‘how to’ questions in Krsna consciousness, “How to be humble? How to be determined. How to keep a balance? How to do all these things?’”

DSC_0321The only answer to that is to become independently thoughtful; Krsna consciousness is never just about blind following, “Maharaj, please give me an instruction that I can apply in all places and all times?’”

I can give you one, “Always chant Hare Krsna!” That is the only one I know and in all other matters, you have to take instructions and use the intelligence on how to apply it.

“Should we all become like Jada Bharata?” I think Mayapur will become total chaos if we were all to walk out of this class and start to act like Jada Bharata! Maybe, we take something of the spirit of Jada Bharata. So how to follow Jada Bharata? The answer is: with intelligence.

“How to follow instructions, of when to say yes and when to say no?” Judge every situation by itself. Analyze the situation and see if it is favourable for Krsna. If you are not sure, ask advice of somebody you trust and in that, way we stumble along in spiritual life:

‘durgame pathi me ’ndhasya
skhalat-pāda-gater muhuḥ
santaḥ santv avalambanam,’ (CC Antya-lila 1.2)

My path is very difficult. My feet are slipping again and again but by the stick of the mercy of the devotees, I can stay on the path. So, when we are not sure ask someone for advise!

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