The sign of actually being a second class devotee is that the devotee doesn’t lose the enthusiasm for devotional service. Obstacles may come, but the enthusiasm doesn’t. We need to remain always enthusiastic – utsaha. When we start off enthusiastically but later we become without enthusiasm. This is a symptom of not such a high level of devotional service. So we need to overcome these different obstacles. Rather the obstacles are like challenges. If we can overcome the obstacles enthusiastically engaging in devotional service, this is an opportunity for us to render more sincere service.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India