Question: I am unable to become absorbed and serious in various devotional practices. I chant, try to read daily, but everything seems to be at a superficial material level. It is frustrating at times, there is an intense desire to only serve you and other times mind is plaguing me with material thoughts. How to become steady, serious, mature and take up chanting and spreading as our life and soul? I want to preach and help others but if I am not at that level how can I inspire others?

Jayapatākā Swami: You see devotional service is a gradual process. You are not yet initiated. So you are saying that sometimes you feel enthusiastic, sometimes you feel distracted. These are anarthas. And one of the steps after you take initiation is...

Srila Prabhupada Daily Quote

“Hearing the vibration of Hare Krishna automatically reminds one of Krishna’s Pastimes. Both of them arise simultaneously in the mind when one is sincerely chanting. You cannot make any distinction between listening to the sound and thinking of the Pastimes. But the...

Question: I read the scriptures Śrīla Prabhupāda books, am fond of reading his books, but I also read my textbooks. Sometimes I get so immersed in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books that I lose taste for reading my text books. But I know that I require both. How can I maintain a balance between the two? Please advise.

Jayapatākā Swami: This way, every day, as a rule read Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books for one or half hour. And you have to see that text books you need to study as a service to Kṛṣṇa. 10-April-2021 Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India