Jayapataka Swami: In the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna said, janma karma ce me divyam, evam yo veti tatvataha, tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so Arjuna. He did not say that you have to develop the  26 qualities. That naturally develops. But if someone knows that Krsna’s birth and activities are divine, then one can go back home, back to Godhead. Many disciples are wanting diksa, initiation. I say that they should read that they should read up to the third canto of the Bhagavatam and do the Bhakti Shastri course. They say, ‘Gurudev, twelve years have gone and I have not been able to read two cantos yet! Please be merciful on me! I will complete in two months!’ What is the guarantee that what did not happen in 12 years, it will happen in two months? How would you understand that Krsna’s birth and activities are divine unless you read the book? We want that all the devotees they will develop love and affection for the Lord, but if they don’t know anything about Krsna, how will that happen?
06-JULY-2019 KOLKATA, INDIA