the Krishna consciousness movement, the more that we can develop our taste for chanting, taste for hearing, naturally we’ll be freed from miseries but how to do that? Sometimes we see that people are really nectar hounds. They want to get so many books and read and they want to try and get the nectar. But then we see that although they are hungry, that their hunger was in their mind, the hunger wasn’t in their soul. And when they read so many pastimes of the Lord they couldn’t digest and as a result they had to vomit it out and they left the movement due to food poisoning. If you eat food and it doesn’t digest then it becomes poison. You have to have an appetite to actually hear the Lord’s pastimes, to understand them, that this through preaching, that is through preaching the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu as Prabhupada has taught us, through this book distribution, through preaching harinama sankirtana, that is how we get the real appetite. To sit and hear for hours and hours on end here in Mayapur Navadvipa dhama. To be awake when our spiritual master gives a lecture in the Bhagavatam class. That appetite, that ability to digest… Prabhupada said if you have a strong appetite you can digest a stone. So we also need spiritual appetite, not just a mental desire to know more and then to show off to others or something but the actual appetite, that real eagerness and desire to taste the pastimes of Krishna nectar, to taste the devotional mood of the advance devotees, how they are expressing themselves in serving their spiritual master through their practical service and surrender.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj
28th March 1983, Gaura Purnima SB class @ Mayapur