The mind is cancala, flickering. Mind can go anywhere, if we don’t control it. Even a devotee may be considering material influenced thoughts, become on the mental platform thinking of his own importance, “I am an older devotee, why this more recently initiated devotee has been elevated to the higher position than I? Why he is the sankirtan leader and not me? Why this why that?”
In this way on the mental platform one may suddenly become under some type of illusion, some kind of false ego and actually give up the real attitude of a vaisnav, just to take up of service. Instead of concentrating on the service, one starts to be envious, starts to be resentful of other devotees, to the extreme degree that type of wrath in the heart can cause one to give up the sankirtan, to give up the movement of Lord Caitanya.
And just out of false ego to show that ‘I am a great devotee’ they go on chanting but do it in their own house, do it in some private place, or do it even in the holy dham, but actually it is all out of their own mental concoction. Rather than simply surrendering to the yagya, the sacrifice, working together and spreading the sankirtan movement they become influenced by their own mental desire for importance, prestige or material sense gratification.
So this International Society for Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) is based upon this principle that we must work together to deliver the people who are suffering in this material world, to their original Krsna consciousness. That is the highest service we can do. Once we have done everything to deliver them to their consciousness, then only one is allowed to, in the last leg of life, take up some solitary worship, otherwise not.
Rather one’s full energy is to be aimed at spreading this sankirtan movement. And in that sankirtan flow, just like the Ganges coming down from the spiritual world flowing down to the ocean everyone is swept away in its flood. And one can taste constantly the highest relish of intimate association, intimate relationship with the Lord and his devotees. But this imitational solitary worship of so called nirjana bhajana one will not taste the relationship, rather one is separating oneself. This is against the teachings of the great authorities in the line of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam
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