Nanda Maharaja is very wealthy, if he wanted to do for some big… he would have spent a lot on the spiritual purification of Krishna, he would have had a big festival, in fact just after Krishna’s birth, this famous festival is called Nanda Mahostava where he distributed so many cows and charity to brahmanas and to would give feasts for all the people, had a big festival of chanting the holy names and brahmana’s chanting mantras, and just celebrating the birth of Krishna, the appearance of Krishna.
So that’s the day after Krsihna’s appearance which is called Janmastami, Nanda Mahotsava, that is the day that Srila Prabhupada appeared in this world, so we also observe Nanda Mahotsava as the Vyasa Puja, in Mayapur they offered over a thousand preparations for Lord Krishna and Prabhupada’s feast, recently.
So … the festival is there, still comfortable living is there but simply the… that’s not the goal, it’s not that one has to be uncomfortable or one has to starve, or has to beat oneself, and, try to hate mate… but the whole thing is naturally, if we… if we have festivals, if we have our consciousness drawn to Krishna, that is what’s purifying, that is,what leads us in a very natural way to perfection, not that just by some type of gross abstinence, but by a sensible regulation, by a sensible regulation of the material senses, and by very positive engagement in spiritual, spiritual activities, and with such nice activities.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA