Practice Makes it Perfect

Dear devotees,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

The following is an interesting note that I came across in, "Japa Reform Notebook" by HH Satsvarupa das Goswami.

"I became determined to reform to chant my japa pronouncing each word and syllable. My japa improved immediately. I then understood the chanting was most important and could not be neglected. I felt I was learning a crucial, confidential secret, although Srila Prabhupada is constantly repeating it, "Chant 16 rounds and avoid the offenses in chanting. It is a practice. It takes practice. Whatever you practice the body can learn to do. Chant, chant, chant!

"It is a practice. It takes practice. Whatever you practice the body can learn to do."

These lines were very thought-provoking. I was watching a documentary wherein one of Prabhupada's disciple was being interviewed and he was saying how His Divine Grace had spent all his time in devotional activities and in translating the scriptures all night, had slept hardly for 3 to 4 hrs a day in the last 12 years of his life when he was preaching all over the world and here I am such a lazy soul, giving lame excuses to myself of being tired and doing nothing and not even relishing his work which he has given us.

In the successive paragraphs Satsvarupa dasa Goswami has referred to Bhagavad Gita (6.35) where Lord Sri Krsna says:

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
asaṁśayaṁ mahā-bāho mano durnigrahaṁ calam
abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa ca gṛhyate

O mighty armed son of Kunti, It is undoubtedly, very difficult to curb this restless mind, But it is possible by practice and detachment.

The word "abhyāsa" is worth noting. When we practice devotional service, with sincerity, without giving way to flickering mind, the Lord help us to advance in our spiritual journey.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.