(Kadamba Kanana Swami, June 2011, Helsinki, Finland, Lecture)
We follow four regulative principles; the regulative principles of freedom. When the rest of the world is caught up in sinful activity, which is just creating a network of reactions leading to death, we are free.
All our devotional activities are making us more and more free from distress whereas, for a materialist, each activity is pulling him down more. From early in the morning, as soon as a materialist opens his eyes, it begins – some coffee, some cigarettes, some inedible things – just sinful activity after sinful activity the whole day!
Each day, the materialist collects more and more karma whereas a devotee each day is burning off more karma. In this way, a devotee becomes released from the darkness of the sinful reactions.