(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2020, ISKCON Simhachalam, Jandelsbrunn, Germany, Table Talks 5 Lecture)

In material life, time is the big enemy. Time is the ultimate power and nothing escapes the all-destroying influence of time.

In spiritual life, time works completely in our favour. Through time, we automatically build up spiritual advancement.

Time is the big enemy. Time is the ultimate power and nothing escapes the all-destroying influence of time. But in spiritual life, time works completely in our favour. Through time, we automatically build up spiritual advancement. Just by our connection with the sankirtana movement, we are getting purified. Every time we do something for Krsna, every time we even think of Krsna or do anything favourable (related to Krsna), we are getting purified. Therefore, on one hand in Krsna consciousness, there is what we are doing and on the other hand, there is what is happening. And what is happening in Krsna’s movement is that Krsna is present and in so many ways we are connecting and getting purification. So, it is the time that works in our favour.

The anartha nivriti is carrying on just by associating with Lord Caitanya and Lord Caitanya’s movement. And like this, I have great faith that Krsna consciousness will prevail and that it will be successful in the life of a devotee. There is no need to be in anxiety. “How much advancement am I making?” We look at people who are struggling, who have not gone so deep in spiritual life, who seem to be maintaining material attachments and are practising devotional service. But material attachments can fall away very quickly in the end because faith is still there in Krsna. One may be hesitant to completely take shelter of Krsna but because a whole life is being spent in the service of Krsna, that faith has matured. As we are approaching death, one can still take that final step and let go off all these material things. Better now, not play so much with the material energy and try to squeeze some enjoyment out of this. Better now that we really put Krsna in the forefront of our life so that at the end of life, we are already prepared. “Yes Krsna, I am yours!”, “As You wish Krsna!”, “I have nothing other than You, my Krsna!”, “Nothing in this world is meaningful to me other than You!” – this is the mood we must develop.

bhumir apo ‘nalo vayuh
kham mano buddhir eva cha
ahankara itiyam me
bhinna prakritir ashtadha

(Bhagavad-gita 7.4)
“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence, and false ego – all together, these eight, constitute My separated material energies.”

We can associate with these material energies and we can try to manipulate them, control them, make arrangements for our enjoyment and make arrangements to avoid sufferings and to an extent, we will also try to avoid sufferings in our spiritual life. But then comes the inevitable, when our allotted time is over. Then at the end, our meditation is, “Krsna, I have nothing but You! Please take me and give me Your shelter and that is all I desire.” So, why not pray this now?! That is the whole idea.

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