(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nama Hatta Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.10)
The four regulative principles are not so easy to follow. It is only possible if we have an intimate relationship with our spiritual master and we really feel that we are offering our life from moment to moment to our spiritual master, then it is possible. Otherwise, it may be possible for a while and then not anymore. These things are like that. Therefore, in our process the pure devotee, the spiritual master and our founder acarya and previous acaryas are very important. They make the difference.
How can we do this? Srila Prabhupada came with teachings that said no meat, fish or eggs; no gambling; no intoxication and no illicit sex. And you go, “Is this a programme for the whole world?” I mean, is this a programme for the world or is this a programme for a few people who have some special karma? What do you think?
If you would look at it objectively, you would say it is a programme for people with special karma. But NO, it IS for the whole world – when they take shelter, when they chant Hare Krsna, when they take shelter of the spiritual master, then anybody can become empowered to do it. Anybody! Then for anybody, the impossible becomes possible…