(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Disciple Meeting)
Comment: You were saying how the altar is actually the spiritual world. However, I experience how personal worship of the deity can become mechanical, like a routine ten minute puja.
It can be but if every day, you try to do something special then it does not become mechanical. That is the trick. See, if you just do the standard way every day, then it becomes mechanical but if you go a little bit beyond and try to do something extra – that is what keeps the freshness. We should get on the platform of trying to do something extraordinary and that is the way to get out of any mechanical relationship, not only with the deity but also any other relationship.
In a marriage as well, it becomes mechanical after a while, ‘Here is your brekky!’ and then, one day you go out of your way and prepare a special breakfast and he goes like, ‘Whoa! What’s that!? Mmmmm! May I have more of that, please!’ Then there is some magic and it comes from making a special endeavor. That is the nature of relationships and deity worship is all about relationship – to do something special for our deity. It is then that the relationship comes to life.
We have to be careful also because the deity may go away. What if Krsna comes in your dreams and says that he now wants to go away somewhere else? Therefore we must be very careful not to become mechanical.