(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 May 2014, Czech Republic Temple, Bhagavad-gita 7.20)
Actually material desires are not our problem because material desires will be washed away by devotional service. It is offences against the holy name that is a complication because that will slow down the cleansing process. Otherwise, we are not worried (about material desires).
It is just like if you have a real good washing machine and good washing powder, you are not worried about a dhoti that is all covered in black dirt. On the television advertisement, you even see mothers washing the football clothes of their sons and it comes out perfectly white. It even sparkles! So you know, when you have a good washing machine and good washing powder, you are not worried about some dirt. So, why would we be afraid of some material desires when the holy name never fails? It washes cleaner than clean, in the washing machine of the heart.
ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ, (Śikṣāṣṭaka 1)
The holy name will always clean any dirt accumulated so we are not worried. But the offences against the holy name is like, you know, you have in the washing machine that little box for putting the soap and then you throw black dirt in there! Yeah, well, then what can you expect when the clothes come out black!? So the offences against the holy name are like that. We are putting dirt instead of soap. The soap is good. The holy name is powerful but if we make such offences then we slow down the cleansing process. The clothes come out a little grey…
“I am chanting Hare Krsna but I am making offences.” So this is the only thing that will slow down our process. Otherwise, material desires are very quickly disappearing. I mean what is so good in the material world? What can make a person satisfied? What is it? Where is it? Tell me? Then I will go and check it out. If anything is that good, tell me. I will go. We will go together! Tell me where it is. Let us go. Yeah, let us go! Let us enjoy! But where? Where is it? I do not see it. Do you see it? Where is that enjoyment? Where? That can satisfy the heart. Without Krsna, what is the meaning of anything? When Krsna is not part of it, I do not want it. There is no real juice.