Oh now I am a devotee, even if I think about such things, it’s alright.” No. Right from the very thought, we cut off. We don’t meditate on the objects of the senses. Rather we meditate on Krishna’s service, we meditate on His holy name, meditate on the uh, instructions of the spiritual master, and thus eh.. we keep the heart flooded. Keep the heart flooded with ecstasy.
Just like yesterday, so many hours we were chanting, and then the uh, Jaganath Rath yatra procession. How wonderful! For everyone it was pretty easy to be absorbed, and preparation was such a huge uh, extravaganza festival for the Lord, while participating in that. You see, still sometimes the mind may wander off: 5th Avenue, Madison Avenue, they are trying to make your mind wander. But with the sound of Hare Krishna, so many devotees, it’s very easy to bring them like that. That’s why it is recommended we should have the association of devotees. Constantly we should maintain the association of devotees, you see. It’s very easy to bring the mind back, even if it happens to wander off.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
25th Sep, 1983 SB class @ New York, USA