(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 06 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: The secret of spiritual advancement)
It is said that the spiritual master is very pleased when the devotees chant the holy name and play musical instruments. The playing of musical instruments is our tradition; it is not about being a musician. Some of us may be more musically inclined than others; that is a fact but every member of the sankirtan movement is meant to learn a little bit of how to play a musical instrument, a little beat, and simply chant Hare Krsna. When we just chant like that, it does not matter what melody, it is just ultra-positive and it is a simple thing to do. So if you want to know one of my secrets, it is doing just that! It is not that I am such a great musician, in fact I am a terribly bad harmonium player compared to some others, there are many others who are much better than me, but I like to sing and I realize that this singing is giving me positive energy. These are inspirational things we have to look for!