In India, the people are very much afraid of giving up their sense gratification. They know that if you become a pure devotee of Krishna, you become so mad after Krishna that you forget about so many material attachments. They know that, so they are thinking that if a person becomes so much in love with Krishna, is so happy that even material things become insignificant, so it’s not that it’s uh, but their looking at it from the very attached point of view, that, “I don’t want to give up my family attachment or my sense gratification attachment or my business attachment or my society attachment or any of these attachments, that therefore let me not chant Hare Krishna or be part of the Hare Krishna movement except at a very great distance. I might give them a donation or something.” This is the Indian point of view. Many people are very afraid of becoming intimately connected. One family, their son became a devotee; they became very upset. They said, “Listen. You can come to the temple, do everything, but you shouldn’t become a full ti…
…have a respect, it’s just that they’re afraid themselves of losing any form of sense gratification. All these people are bewildered. If they’re actually sincere about becoming happy, and they’re progressively, step by step they’re feeling more and more happy, and if ultimately that happiness means that actually they’re mad after Krishna, if that’s the highest happiness, then where is the problem? But of course, some people, they’re not very intelligent, so they try to avoid good attachments. That’s why to Lord Caitanya’s followers be the intelligent people. That the very intelligent people, they’ll be able to… they’ll join Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement. But at least, everyone, if they start to take up the chanting.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1983, 20th, December, SB Class, Orleans @ USA