Sugarcane is grown first grown from a seed or from a piece of sugarcane. So that seed of sugarcane is planted, it grows into the plant. The sugarcane itself contains lots of sweet juice. So we crush the cane and we get the sugarcane juice.
So the seed is compared to faith, sraddha. And the juice, that is compared to association with devotees. Association with transcendentalists of the same mentality is necessary. Then as further refined, one cooks down the juice of the sugarcane to get gur, to get molasses – jaggery, they call it. And that is the process of bhajana-kriya, practice of devotional service— the actual practice.
So, just like… you probably have seen them prepare sugarcane. They have here in Boston? (devotees laugh)) Peurto Rico? There, they have many factories and they take the juice and they put it in bags and it is very convenient, because… you know the fuel that they use to cook it? They crush the cane and get the juice out, then they put it in the sun and that is the fuel.
So devotional service doesn’t require any help from outside. No need for mental speculation, no need for mystic yoga, no need for any other type of bhakti process. Bhakti yoga, the process of devotional yoga, is complete in itself.
So we put the sugarcane juice on the fire and we heat it up; then out comes foam, different types of impurities. Those have to be taken and thrown out.
Like that, when someone tries to practice devotional service, tries to chant, then different types of mental attachments and things that we didn’t even know…we didn’t even know were in the mind, they start to come out. So all the impurity has to be taken and discarded, those that are inedible… at least for human beings.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Radhastami
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