“We are simply instruments. We should surrender and be good instruments. We are not machines, we are personal instruments. So we have to give our mind, word and deeds in His service. It is under pressure that the greater intensity of devotion is formed. Just like which is stronger, iron or steel? Steel is repeatedly burnt and then put in water and burnt and then made harder and harder by that repeated pressure. It’s the devotee that goes through so many obstacles becomes stronger.”

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
3rd October 1981
Guadalajara, Mexico