(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Russian Morning Class, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.10)
The spirit of giving the mercy to others should be our focus and we can do it in so many ways. Think of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples. They are interesting because they have a life behind them and somehow or other, each one of them wound up doing a particular service.
I am thinking of Yadubara who first came to Prabhupada as a professional journalist on an assignment. As part of his job, he started filming Prabhupada and then he never stopped. He joined the movement and made it his life’s mission to film Prabhupada. That was a priceless service! He is very humble about it. His films are so important because we can actually see Prabhupada ourselves. We can hear about Prabhupada but it is not the same as seeing him as we can in films.
So whatever service we do, we should make a sacrifice – a sacrifice for the welfare of the world. Otherwise, if we are too absorbed in living a comfortable, pleasant, nice spiritual life then we will advance slowly. We are here in the holy dhama, in one purport Srila Prabhupada writes that the neophytes can stay in the holy dhama. Those who are more advanced can go out and preach. But of course, we can also preach in the holy dhama.
Anyway, I am not trying to find fault in anyone, maybe some in myself; seeing that this tendency to find a comfortable place in this material world is very strong in me. I am a little bit afraid of this because this tendency could bind me to the material world. So I hope I become more inspired to do something for the welfare of all the people of this world and in that way develop the mentality of a resident of the spiritual world.