(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 June 2015, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.18.40)
When we look at the temple, here we are in the Bhaktivedanta Manor, we can see that the deities, Radha-Gokulananda, Sita-Rama-Laksman-Hanuman, Gaura-Nitai, are all transcendental. This temple is so much Prabhupada’s headquarters in Europe. It is so much connected with Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada was sitting on the lawn and with that, the lawn has become like a place of pilgrimage. Like that, the Manor is so transcendental.
In this way, we look and we think, “Yes, everything and everyone is transcendental – except me!” Do you also feel like that sometimes that you are the odd one out in the Hare Krsna movement? The one that is, somehow or other, not transcendental. What to do about that? That kind of situation does occur but then at least we understand, we feel, “Well, I am not really making any advancement but gradually, by devotional service, the mode of goodness awakens and even more gradually some attachment to Krsna awakens.” That naturally arises, even when we do not notice.
I compare that to getting older. You do not notice that you are getting older and then one day you look in the mirror and think, “My God, I look old!” You know, it is like that, it creeps up on you, like you do not really notice it. You think, “I did not change a bit.” And then you say, “Well, maybe my body did change a bit.” Like that, sometimes, one becomes aware of it. In the same way, sometimes we realize, “ Maybe I did become a bit more established in the mode of goodness. Maybe I did even develop some attachment to Krsna.” And with it, it is a fact, it is this attachment that will save us.