When we are children, innocent, we have no bad habits, but as we grow and associate with bad company, we also acquire all these bad habits. To give up all these bad habits means we have to associate with sadhus or devotees, saintly persons. Then we can give it up. This is called 'Anartha-nivritti', means giving up all unwanted bad habits. — Conversation, Mexico, 11th Feb, 1975.
Birth and other transformations are undergone by the body but never by the self, just as change occurs for the moon's phases but never for the moon, though the new-moon day may be called the moon's "death."
Regarding Sankirtana and book distribution, book distribution is also chanting. Anyone who reads the books that is also chanting and hearing. Why distinguish between chanting and book distribution? These books I have recorded and chanted, and they are transcribed. It is spoken kirtanas. So book distriburtion is also chanting. These are not ordinary books. It is recorded chanting. Anyone who reads, he is hearing. Book distribution must not be neglected.
Krishna will be merciful to us and we shall be blessed with the gift of devotion to His divine feet the very day that we are delivered from the evil desire of seeking advantages and honors from others.
Our own endeavours can only take us to a certain level but ultimate goal will be attained only by the mercy of Vaishnavas and mercy of Krishna.
God accepts only the love with which things are offered to Him.
Bhagavad Gita 9.2,
What really impresses the hearts of people is not miraculous feats but genuine humility, integrity and a true sense of love achieved through service.
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