“We change our name at initiation, but if we don’t change the consciousness, then what is the use?
Our point is that the consciousness has to be purified. It says in the first Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam ‘janata agha viplavah’, that in every shloka and every verse of the Srimad Bhagavatam, it has the potency to create a revolution in our sinful consciousness
Similarly we should be detached from our materialistic point of view and become attached to cultivating and developing this type of spiritual knowledge, so that we can actually very systematically purify the consciousness. If we don’t purify the consciousness, what is the benefit of practicing?
Real benefit comes from purifying the consciousness and then engaging that purified consciousness in devotional service.
It doesn’t matter what externally one’s birth might have been, but if one’s consciousness has become purified, then they are elevated. And they become eternal consort or associate of the Lord. They become connected with the Lord eternally.”HH Jayapataka Swami
From the book: Vaisnava Vani
Courtesy: Mathuradesh Publications