Fasting on Janmastami: Tapasya must be there

    Posted on September 4, 2015

Bhakti-yoga therefore requires little tapasya, not playthings, tapasya, that "We are addicted to so many sinful activities. We must give it up." That is tapasya. "We must observe fasting on ekadasi day, on Lord's birthday." These are tapasya. If we do not... "We must chant sixteen rounds. We must observe the rules and regulations." This is tapasya. Don't make God very cheap thing: "Oh, it is very cheap thing." No. It has been made very easy for the Kali-yuga people because they cannot undergo any kind of tapasya. There is simple tapasya -- "Chant sixteen rounds. Don't take this. Don't do this, four items. Take prasadam. Don't take anything." So nothing is stopped. A little regulated, that this much, if we do not do, then how we can expect to see God and understand God? Tapo divyam [SB 5.5.1]. If simply we remain like hogs and cats and dogs, then how it is possible to realize God? Param pavitram. If I do not become pavitra myself, pure, how I can see the supreme pure? It is impossible. Tapasya must be there. But for this age the tapasya has been minimized.

From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.4 -- Japan, April 22, 1972

 

See also:

Happiness is the property of the devotees
Slaughterhouse schools
Bhaktivedantas
How the whole economic problem can be solved
Srila Prabhupada cannot protect farcical disciples
Srila Prabhupada as past and future guru
Nitya-siddha, Srila Prabhupada
The poet Allen Ginsberg praised Srila Prabhupada thus:
Krsna comes, feeling pain for us
The Lord's form
Why Krsna is called Paramesvara
All-knowing, all-powerful Krsna
Devotees who go away
Temporary relief work: a misleading deviation from our real duty
Srila Prabhupada came to give culture, including dress style
 

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