Jayapatākā Swami: See, if you read Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, it tells you how the material world is a kind of a jungle and the pleasure here is temporary. So we should side by side render devotional service. I was thinking how in this age of Kali it is recommended that most people should get married and how will they be Kṛṣṇa conscious. We see that people normally are very much attached to their material desires. But we realize that these material desires, these material things are all temporary, and if they render devotional service, it is not temporary. So devotees need to render devotional service and material life won’t be so much important for us. Since it is illusory or temporary, we want to do all our activities in such a way that Kṛṣṇa is pleased. I was thinking how when one has children, we try to bring up the children to be devotees, and all our activities we try to do in a Kṛṣṇa conscious way. Say we like to eat, we offer the bhoga to Kṛṣṇa and we take the prasāda. That is a different thing than just eating for our enjoyment. And we have Deities in our house, we do worship of the Deities, we read the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam regularly and then we understand what the difference is between temporary happiness and real happiness. We want devotees to actually achieve this happiness. Maybe temporarily the temporary happiness is considered important but gradually one develops higher taste. Just like Lord Caitanya, He would chant and dance, sometimes in great ecstasy He would cry, His hairs stood on ends various symptoms of love of Kṛṣṇa would manifest. So we want all the devotees to experience that love of Kṛṣṇa, it may take some time but then naturally the material desires diminish.
06-May-2022 Sridhama Mayapur, India