(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.17-21)
I was reading in the Uddhava Gita where there is a whole list of qualities given. One quality given is heroism. It is said that heroism means to overcome the natural tendency to enjoy the material life; that is a hero! Men and women alike, are heroes and heroines when they give up this tendency to enjoy material life.
In youth, when still very young, when taking up Krsna consciousness, one may wonder “Don’t you know what you are giving up? Those few years that you have, you are so eager to sacrifice them. Are you sure later that you will not regret it? Your youth is what you have. It is a priceless treasure. Nothing can buy that in the world. You’re sure you don’t want to take advantage of it now?”
No, that is for common people, that is for ordinary men and ordinary women. But those who are heroic, they are ready to give up this enjoying propensity.