Māyā will give us always reasons why to become bitter, why to become materialistic… Right? If we’re doing sankirtan/ book distribution, if we have a good day, Māyā can give us an impetus to say, “You’re such a great devotee. You’re so wonderful. You’re so expert. This that. You’re better than everybody.” And get puffed up. The next day we don’t do so good and, “Just see this devotional service is no good. You should go back home and quit, and things are better.” Or if we do good, we can hear the words of the Bhāgavatam, and the Guru and the Vaiṣnavas, that, “This is simply the mercy of Guru and Kṛṣṇa.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 20thSeptember, SB class, @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK