(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25)
We make arguments that spiritual life is difficult. We always find a reason to say it is difficult. It is difficult because I am too young. It is difficult because I have to study. It is difficult because I have to work. It is difficult because I am married. It is difficult because I am not married. It is difficult because I have to cook. It is difficult because we have a house. It is difficult because we have a mouse! (laughter) We find so many reasons to make spiritual life and taking up Krsna consciousness sound difficult and then we blow up that excuse. We make it bigger and bigger and bigger until we have a really big reason why we cannot practice Krsna consciousness. “What can I do? These are my circumstances which make spiritual life difficult”.
So this tendency is there in us. We can see that our mind is putting forward these arguments to make spiritual life sound difficult, but we must say no to that. No! Because Krsna is the source of all opportunities, so He makes everything possible for us. That is what we saw in Srila Prabhupada. Against all odds, he made it to New York, at the age of 70. I am approaching that age, but even now when I have to go to New York, I think, “Oh, forget it! Not New York!” But Prabhupada went alone and he did it. If there is one quality of Prabhupada that we can appreciate, it is that he never missed an opportunity. Whenever there was an opportunity, he tried. In English, it is to say that he left no stone unturned. He tried every opportunity. For instance, when he was at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, he asked the devotees to inquire if it could be changed to O’Hare Krsna Airport (laughter). The devotees said, “Oh, that is a good joke Prabhupada!” But Prabhupada was not joking around! So in this way, we can see that he would try anything. yare dekha, tare kaha krsna-upadesa amara ajnana guru hana tara ei desa (Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-lila 7.128). Whomever you meet, instruct them about Krsna-upadesa. That is actually the key!