It’s when the devotee is stagnating, when the devotee is not consciously trying to increase the devotional service, not consciously trying to surrender more uh, and more, then when on the road on the path of progress when an obstacle comes up, they say, “Oh, this is difficult to cross over.” It is not difficult if we keep pushing ourselves all along to increase our service, then these obstacles are not significant. But if we are neglectful when we come up to them, just like when you come up to an exam and you haven’t been attending classes, you haven’t been studying, then it seems, “Oh this is very difficult. This exam is there, now I have to cram and study and pass it.”, right? But the other students that go to class and read every week, keep up with their homework and when the exam comes they don’t even blink. It’s not a big deal. It’s the ones that spend all the time in the… I don’t know where they spend the time nowadays… but waste of time, they are not prepared for those exams.
So these tests like marathons or just in our daily lives when little things come up and they seem bigger to us because we are not prepared. So we have to prepare ourselves by chanting and by consciously, not just that automatically we just sit there, we just like some robot we are chanting and doing our… no, we should make a conscious effort to apply our intelligence, apply our mind, apply our senses, then we will be able to easily cross over obstacles. If we are just coasting along and trying to go with the flow of all the devotees and we are not really putting our mind, not trying to mentally surrender to Krishna, Krishna says, man mana bhava mad bhakto, you think of Me, become My devotee, one has to first think, man bhava, put your mind to it.
H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
28th Dec, 1982 SB class @ New Orleans.