“Devotee: Sometimes from normal work schedule we get involved in special occasions like marriage of a close relation, projects, work deadlines, preparations for festivals. At this time our SADHANA like chanting, Bhagavad Gita & Srimad Bhagavatam reading is affected. How can we make good, this lapse in Sadhana?
HH Jayapataka Swami: When I was building Mayapur project, Prabhupada had us work from 6 in the morning to 12 midnight. Double shift. But I had to be overseeing both the shifts. So there was no time to regularly go to Mangalarati and what to speak of read books and things..! So I asked Prabhupada, and he said, “Well, at least you should try to do a Guru puja everyday and chant your japa“. Offering our obeisances to our Guru, it is important. And at least try to chant. Sometime if you fall behind in the chanting, you can carry it over, but that’s not a very good habit. Because you get more and more indebted.”HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture: 19th December 2007