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Question: How can I improve myself in engaging myself more in spiritual service? 16 rounds chanting, nirjala fasting on Ekadasi, attending the bhakti vrksa and association with devotees I am doing presently. What more can I do?

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Jayapataka Swami: Lord Caitanya said to do three things – chant Hare Krsna, bolo Krsna, bhajo Krsna, koro KRSNA SHIKA! Serving the Lord, preaching His message, we would like to do these things. And if we could help someone to become Krsna conscious, if we could do some service for the temple that is one way we can help to advance ourselves in Krsna consciousness. Also, Lord Caitanya said, koro Krsna shika. Study the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, the teachings of Lord Krsna. Gita is spoken by Krsna, and Bhagavatam is spoken about Krsna. So both are Krsna shika. In the 11th and 12th cantos, and some parts of the 10th canto, Krsna personally speaks, and in the first nine cantos, generally He is spoken about, He and His different avatars or incarnations. So reading those will be added, spreading the message, outreach to be done, and doing some volunteer service to the temple. Srila Prabhupada used to say that by cleaning the temple, you can clean your heart. But otherwise, you are doing very good! I don’t know what else you do, what your work is? Or whether you follow the principles, take Krsna prasadam, avoid taking meat, fish, egg, onion, garlic and avoid gambling, whether you are married or single? You write me a letter, tell me more details about yourself, and generally what you are doing is nice. Chanting and observing fast days is good. But you should do the additional things also.