Material life… you may not make it, of course if you’re determined enough, you may still make it. At least you are heading in the right… therefore the sastras encourage, “Alright do… somehow or other do devotional service.” You are at least going in the right direction. But then, there is also the instruction that,
kṛṣṇa-bhakta-niṣkāma, ataeva ‘śānta’
bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī sakali ‘aśānta’
That one should try to aim at the ultimate, pure devotion, you see, without any separate tinge, and it is very complex, it’s not… may not just be, you see… it’s described, may not just be that “Oh, it’s pure tama or pure raja, or pure sattva.” There may be two parts sattva, one part tama, and two parts raja. It may be, you know. It can maybe… or, add 27 different combinations, and then again three, get 81 different combinations. It may… a devotee may have you know, so many different kinds subtle, little, things there. It may actually be zero tama, zero raja, zero sattva, but then a third of a part of sattva, slight mix is there. Just even then a tinge of attachment for this particular thing over that. So of course that’s all very complicated by seeing, therefore to just simplify the whole thing we try to just understand what are the eight prayers of Lord Caitanya.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj
29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta