Why many devotees have fallen away?

Many devotees have fallen away “Why…” Prabhupada was asked, “Why they have fallen? They seem to be senior people, older people, why?” He said that physically they were doing but they never surrendered in their mind. They were just showing that they are going on but their mind was somewhere else. Their mind they never fully dedicated, that heart, soul, mind, they never put there at Krishna’s lotus feet. Outwardly they were showing but they always kept some kind of separatist attitude in the mind, even though it was not visible to anyone but the spiritual master. It was there.

You know the story about the wedding party and crossing the river. They were rowing the whole night and in the morning they looked why the boat didn’t leave the shore? Because the anchor was there. The anchor you see, is putting our mind… actually concentrating how to become stronger and stronger in Krishna consciousness. How to improve on our service. “Alright, just some obstacle. How to rise above that? How to fix our mind on Krishna?”, not thinking that there is any alternative.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

28th Dec, 1982 SB class @ New Orleans.