What is the symptom of someone who wants liberation? They are very careful not to take any unnecessary risks. They are very careful that in their devotional service they don’t put themselves in some position where they may lose their sadhana or something even though the need is there. One has to go to some new place and preach, open up a new field, develop a new preaching. But someone who wants liberation will think “Why I have come for peace to this movement, I don’t want to go in such a difficult situation. I have come out of the material world which is so difficult, so filled with miseries, so I could get peace of mind, so I can get liberation. So why do I want to take so much jhanjhat, so much complications, so many difficulties, why will I accept, like going out on sankirtan, getting pinched or getting hit or getting yelled at or when my temple commander gets on my case to get up for mangala arti, I didn’t come to Krishna consciousness for this. I came for peace. I didn’t come to Krishna consciousness so when I eat with my left hand someone barks at me, ‘Wrong hand!’ I want peace. I didn’t come to Krishna consciousness that they sprinkle water on you when I am sleeping because I am late.” You see, These are when you are coming out knowledge when you are coming out of some desire for liberation, peace, but that is another danger, it is just another demon to devour us.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj
28th March 1983, Gaura Purnima SB class @ Mayapur