Normally the animal species, they don’t have any decision to make about where they are going. Their destination is already chalked out, but the human being has got a greater intelligence, so that the human being can decide in which direction he wants to go. So there are so many different directions which the great sages have categorized into basically three: bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī, sakali ‘aśānta’ They say bhukti, desire for material enjoyment, mukti, the desire for liberation and siddhi kami, desire for mystic powers, either material enjoyment, salvation or mystic powers, this is the basic three directions one can go.
Beyond that there is uh, devotional service, or developing love for God. So it describes sudurlabham adurlabham ātma-bhaktau. That realizing Krishna is sudurlabham. That means it is inconceivably difficult. But then he says adurlabham, atma bhaktau. But for my own devotee, it’s not difficult at all. It’s easy so…if a person becomes a devotee of Krishna, it’s very easy to realize Krishna, but if a person is not a devotee, not so easy. It’s actually difficult.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj.
1983, 30th October SB class@ Honolulu, Hawaii.