How to live a well-balanced life while committed to different obligations? Will it be possible to maintain it by the most-average people in a diverse society?


Jayapataka Swami: Well, this is why our grihasta devotees are so important because our grihasta devotees are showing this. They are doing their material duties, raising their children responsibly. We need that kind of role models; advanced devotees who do their work, maintain their families and at the same time they give the minimum time in a day for their spiritual activities as well. And to get some association with devotees like them, we have some weekly programs like namahattas and bhakti vrikshas. In congregational development, we took some testimonials. So through these testimonials, devotees said that through these Bhakti vrikshas they learnt how to lead a well-balanced life and how to raise their children in a spiritual environment. Everyone will find their own balance, depending on their work and other factors. For some it is easier, for some a little harder. But it is possible to be Krsna conscious.

HH Jayapataka Swami
Melbourne, January 2008