A person can become a serious preacher in different ways, when one is a serious devotee, one becomes a serious… one can be a serious preacher.
If a person very serious about carrying out the order of guru, Vaisnava, Krishna, that uh, naturally becomes also a serious, whatever he does, including preaching. If a preacher becomes very concerned about helping the people, awaken from their animalistic consciousness and come into their actual spiritual heritage, in that case they become very serious preachers, by developing their compassion, by actually seeing philosophically how people both those who appear to be happy, and those appear to be suffering are all in a very, precarious unfortunate condition, and they need to be helped to become Krishna conscious, to become God conscious, to get out of this entire material entanglement.
In material life, happiness is the stepping stone to misery, and misery is the stepping stone to happiness. sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ. mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ Happiness and sadness is always changing just like the changing of the seasons, spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to summer, like that. So if someone’s happy, it doesn’t mean anything, it just means that within no time he going to be sad, even if someone’s suffering that doesn’t mean that much because after sometime things will change and he will become happy. So to simply try to help all the people who are uh, materially unfortunate, become materially fortunate, is alright in the material platform, but in the overall spiritual sense that falls short. That… that for us we wanna help everyone.
Of course those who are suffering materially, obviously it’s hard for them to concentrate on spiritual life. So many of Krishna conscious services like giving out prasad, also do have the material side effect. Like feeding their hunger… but the purpose is not to stop there, but to give them spiritual happiness. Even rich people, even so called successful people or happy people, their situation is also one that deserves some sympathy, some compassion, some uh, mercy that they could actually become spiritually, situated, because their situation is very unstable, very soon they will also be put into material suffering if they are not already in it.
But devotee becomes very compassionate to the fallen soul, wants to see them become spiritually happy, wants to see them in their suffering, this is one way of becoming a very serious preacher where one in general takes up the mood of the spiritual master and Krishna and wants to carry out their instruction but also be very serious.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA