(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture)

When we fly to greater heights in the sky of bhakti, we become free from darkness in ourselves.

ākāśa — ananta, tāte yaiche pakṣi-gaṇa
yāra yata śakti, tata kare ārohaṇa

(Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 20.79)
The sky is unlimited, but many birds fly higher and higher according to their own abilities.

I started thinking about the sky as the sky of devotional service and how different birds are flying at different levels of devotional service. In the beginning, the weight of old habits is strong. They weigh us down but we carry on. First, through a process following rules and regulations, and then, as the burden of previous sinful attachments falls by the wayside, we are just awakening. Awakening our love for Krsna, our attachment in seeing the beauty and purpose of the whole creation, and so, we go forward. And then that love will grow and Krsna will reciprocate.

In this way, we progress on the spiritual path to greater and greater heights in the sky of bhakti and we are free in that sky. Free from the chains of material existence, free from greed, free from lust, free from anger, free from all the ugliness, free from the darkness in ourselves. And so, love awakens more and more, and service grows more and more and we worship Krsna, His devotees, His paraphernalia and so on. Bhakti is the complete natural expression as we stand before Krsna, and as we grow in our love and surrender, we are perceiving more and more of His glory and He is revealing to us that everything in this world is insignificant, and no matter what happens, we are on the way to immerse ourselves into the unlimited ever-growing ocean of love of God which is extending in all directions.

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