we can choose what influence we want – we want to be under the *material influence* or under the *spiritual influence* . It is up to us. If we choose to be under the material influence there it is, the whole material world you just go and work and you will get the karmas for what you are doing. And if you choose to be under the spiritual influence then you render *devotional service for Krishna* and chant Hare Krishna then you will be *under His protection.* So this is the essence of devotional service to take the shelter of Krishna then we can overcome all types of difficulties.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1986,11th Nov, SB class @ Atlanta, USA