(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Durban South Africa, 4th April 2012) Lecture: Cc Madhya-lila 12-133 Srila Prabhupada describes how in his youth he was part of a drama performance. He describes how … more
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 25.265 – 267)
So a question was asked about lamentation and if it is due to material identification. Well, lamentation exists even on the spiritual plane. But in this world, it is natural to hanker and lament when we have a preconceived idea of what we want from the world. You know, “I have my dream and this is what I want and it is just not working! I am trying so hard but my dream is just not coming true. Oh, poor me! Why is my dream not happening!?” So this is when we have a material dream.
When we do not have material dreams, we let go and we say, “The material world is an old broken car. It will never be fixed.” You know, you fix one side and the other side breaks down. That is just the way it is. We should not start dreaming, “It is going to be wonderful!” because it is not going to be. We focus on spiritual life and then there will be no material lamentation.
Spiritual lamentation is of a different nature. Sometimes a great devotee laments, “I could not attain Krsna!” But that lamentation itself increases his eagerness to be with Krsna. So spiritual lamentation increases our ecstasy, increases our attachment. Spiritual lamentation is a healthy thing which uplifts us whereas material lamentation… you know, if you keep on doing it, you go into the black hole of depression and everything gets more and more miserable and you will need a ‘pill’ eventually.