(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2016, Durban, South Africa, Sunday Program Lecture)
Question: Swamiji, can you please give me some basics on spiritual life?
Serve the devotees! That’s the basics. That is where it all begins. And when we serve the devotees, we serve their feet. We serve the lotus feet of the devotees and that means you have to bow down to the devotees – otherwise how will you get there? And bowing down to the devotees is not just a stretching exercise! Bowing down is not only about the gross body but we bow down our subtle body too. We bow down our will before the devotees and do whatever they say. In this way everything will come:
sadhu sanga, sadhu sanga – sarva shastra koya
lava matra sadhu sanga sarva sidhi hoya (Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya 22.54)
From serving the devotees, all perfection will come. That is where it begins, that’s the basics – to bow down at the feet of the devotees.