Be Like Water

Actually we cannot ‘think’ of Krishna consciousness. It is beyond conception. For the sake of practicing, we try to get a handle on what Krishna consciousness is, but ultimately we have to go beyond the maya of conceiving. We have to understand that the whole mind has to stop for the heart to come out. Our heart is suppressed underneath the mind. All the time we are thinking, thinking, thinking, ‘How can I make my life better?’ There is no way that whatever goes on between your ears will produce the kind of life that will satisfy you. It’s not possible. So stop thinking. Chant Krishna nama. You have to chant with this kind of faith: “There’s nothing I can do, nothing that I can think of, that will improve my situation or enable me to come closer to what I really want than by just hearing this chanting.” We should try to chant japa like this at first. In time, the heart will come out and then there will be longing for Krishna.

From: Be Like Water

Saranagati and Sadhana

The basic idea of surrender in the Gita—sarva dharman parityaja—is to give up on religious pursuit (dharma)—the worship of any other god or goddess—and serve only Krsna. Krsna calls upon us to serve him alone. Faith that by doing so one is relieved of any other debt amounts to eligibility for treading the path of bhakti. In this sense, bhakti proceeds from saranagati. As we engage in hearing, chanting rembering, etc. under the care of a guardian, gradually as our taste for hearing and chanting increases and sambadha jnana both theoretical and practical is acquired, saranagati intensifies. So our concern should be towfold:

1. Take exclusive shelter of Krsna, forgoing other spiritual practices, etc.

2. Begin a guru-guided life of hearing and chanting, and evaluate your progress by the extent to which your interest in hearing and chanting is increasing. A saranagata will feel himself making progress daily. If you do not feel like this, you have to do whatever it takes to focus your mind (give your heart) to your nama japa, mantra and kirtana. Nama and mantra are the real gifts of Sri Guru. Use them wisely, they are your real wealth.