Question: We often hear you say, “it is a slow process”. Then is it valid to think that it is understandable or even okay if initiated disciples are not chanting and following strictly?

Guru maharaj: If you don’t chant it is very slow. As it is, it is a gradual process. That means we should chant, we should be very sincere and continue with our process. Then we will gradually rise up from bhajana kriya, anarta nivritti, nista, ruci, aasakti and bhava, and finally reach prema. So that may take some time – it may take 20 or 30 years. But if you don’t chant, then your progress stops. You are stuck up. You keep chanting and that is a gradual process. Not that, I am old devotee, so you stop chanting. You are stuck! Like a traffic jam! So you should continue to chant, continue to serve. In this way, you will continue to progress. It is a gradual process – how fast or slow, depends on how sincere you are. You can also very quickly – Srila Prabhupada said you can very quickly advance if you very sincerely chant. Like if a small child howls for the mother, MAAAAAAAAAAA! The mother comes running. If the child just ma ma ma, then she knows the child is alright. So we want to call out for Krsna, heart and soul, a T shirt of a youth in Malaysia said, ‘Chant from the Heart’. So I don’t know if we have that here? That is what we want to do. Chant from the heart! Hare Krsna!

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
25th June 2019
Question & Answer session 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia