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Gradual Krishna Consciousness

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:53 am
by backtohome
Question: Gradual Krishna Consciousness

Dear Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

How can I be sure that I'm not making the process of advancement in Krishna consciousness more gradual than it should be? And also how to make sure that I'm not making it less gradual than it must be? Is keeping this balance important?

Your servant,
Ikshvaku das


Answer: Make Krishna Consciousness Immediate

If we have not fully surrendered to Krishna yet, we can be sure that we are making the process of our advancing in Krishna consciousness more gradual than it has to be. So there is no question of making it less gradual than it has to be. There is no reason why we should not fully surrender right now and become pure devotees Krishna immediately. It is only due to our foolish material attachments that we drag out what can be done in one minute into an entire lifetime or even many lifetimes.

It is something like pulling off a band-aid. A band-aid can be pulled off immediately in one sweeping motion or it can be painfully pulled off one hair at a time. Because our mind thinks it would be too painful to pull it off immediately in one sweeping motion, we gradually and excruciatingly pull if off one hair at a time. But this is foolishness because there is practically no pain in pulling it off with one sweeping motion. It is simply our mind that tricks us into thinking that we have to pull it off gradually.

This small principle also applies to Krishna consciousness. We could easily immediately fully surrender to Krishna, but because of the tricks of the mind we think that this is impossible and we drag it out into a long, long process foolishly depriving ourselves of the unlimited oceans of spiritual bliss that we could be relishing at every moment.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari