(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 July 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture)

Real shelter means to be sheltered from the mind, which is always disturbed; from the senses, which push us mercilessly; and from the emptiness and the loneliness.

What does real shelter mean? Does it mean to take shelter from the material sufferings, shelter from the dangers of the material world? That is not real shelter. Real shelter means to be sheltered from our mind which is always disturbed. Real shelter also means to be sheltered from the senses which push us mercilessly. Whatever we bring them, they demand more and more. These senses are never satisfied. We need shelter from these senses. They leave us exhausted and tired and never fulfilled. We need shelter from emptiness. We need shelter from loneliness. What is it that will finally make us rest in peace?

kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih
utsrjyaitan atha yadu‑pate sampratam labdha‑buddhis
tvam ayatah saranam abhayam mam niyunksvatma‑dasye

“O my Lord, there is no limit to the unwanted orders of lusty desires. Although I have rendered them so much service, they have not shown any mercy to me. I have not been ashamed to serve them, nor have I even desired to give them up. O my Lord, O head of the Yadu dynasty, recently, however, my intelligence has been awakened, and now I am giving them up. Due to transcendental intelligence, I now refuse to obey the unwanted orders of these desires, and I now come to You to surrender myself at Your fearless lotus feet. Kindly engage me in Your personal service and save me.

(Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila 22.16)

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