Guru Maharaj: I was chanting 32 rounds a day. I thought this would be pleasing to Śrīla Prabhupāda, but he told me that I should chant 16 rounds and go and preach. If I don’t preach, stay in the temple all day chanting, who will preach? So Śrīla Prabhupāda put more importance on preaching. If you can fast and still preach, then it is alright. But at least you have to observe no grains Ekādaśī, and then preach as much as you can. If you can do or if you are inspired to do on some Ekādaśī, that is nice. But that shouldn’t be a reason that next day, the whole day you are sleeping or something. That would be counterproductive. Since you want to please the Lord, that should be our focus.
29-Aug-2020 Śrīdhām Māyāpur, India