If you come to Krishna, it is hard endeavour, it is very hard struggle, very hard life. To get up at 4'o clock, itself is austerity. What to speak of standing in this room, performing kirtan and then chant and hear Bhagavatam.
Lord chastised Hanuman saying, "Please stop doing this non-sense to anybody. I don't prefer you more than the spider. They are doing according to their strength and you may be doing according to your strength.
The fisherman would be there every morning, without fail to cast his net. And without fail every morning, many fishes would get caught in it. Some would be taken by surprise, some caught napping, and some would not find any place to hide...
Once you sit on the chariot of the mind, it will drag you to the market. Then you have to get TV, then VCR and then you have to buy/rent all the videos. And the wife will ask, "Why did you bring this? Why did you not bring that?"
As soon as you become bhakta, your life become simple. You don't hanker much. You don't lament that much. You treat everyone equally. You will not think, "This is from Perth, That one is from Thailand" etc
In the famous Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, a long line of devotees would patiently wait for the delicious prasadam, even a few centuries ago. A poor Vaishnava used to be the first one in the line and was notorious for demanding prasadam..
Don't run around. Don't run to this man and that man and psychiatrists and doctors and this and that. They will not be able to nullify your miseries. Only Krishna has the capacity to nullify your miseries.
ll these duhkhas, all these miseries are called threefold miseries. Number one, arising out of our own body, Number two, arising out of other living entities inflicting miseries and Number three even Krishna tries to give miseries in the form of earthquakes, floods etc.
Ravana was killed, his whole race was wiped off, but Manthara is not killed. Manthara is still here, Manthara always devastates our life also. And Manthara dances in our family also, in our society also. Manthara really rules, we are all envious of each other.
In order to learn the art of forgetting the help we render, we should be free from envious nature. Envy normally develops when our pride is dented by someone else doing better than us. Helping others is an intoxicating feeling
To remind us the temporary nature of the material world and urgency to take up process of devotional service, our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj has given us this special mantra - "We have to go, leaving everything behind."
A sadhu should never flatter kings or rich men to live comfortably at their cost. A sadhu is to speak to the householders about the naked truth of life so that they may come to their senses about the precarious life in material existence.
As soon as we came in contact with Prabhupada, we stopped everything and our life became very clean. So that progress was visible and then if you continue, then after some time you feel that, "are you progressing or not?"