1. Conquer by chanting

    Visnujana: How will it be possible, Prabhupada, for a man whose mind is clouded to constantly chant Hare Krsna? A man who’s always thinking thoughts about family, friends and country, nation?

    Prabhupada: Yes. Think of; at the same time, chant. Two things will go on, and this will conquer. [chuckling] As maya is forcing you to drag you from this Krsna consciousness, you also force maya by chanting Hare Krsna. There is fight. And maya will go away.

    daivi hy esa gunamayi
    mama maya duratyaya
    mam eva ye prapadyante
    mayam etam taranti te
    [Bg 7.14]

    This maya is very strong. She’ll force you to entice you to other path. But if you be not strong, if you chant loudly… Just like Haridasa Thakura was chanting, and maya could not victimize him. You know that? What was his stand? Simply chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Maya could not entice. Maya failed. Maya became his disciple; he did not become maya’s disciple. This is tug of war.

    So don’t be afraid of maya. Simply enhance chanting and you’ll be conqueror. That’s all. Narayana-parah sarve na kutascana bibhyati [SB 6.17.28]. We are not afraid of maya, because Krsna is there. Yes. Krsna says, kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati [Bg 9.31]: “You just declare, ‘My devotee will never be vanquished by maya.’ ” Maya cannot do anything. Simply you have to become strong. And what is that strength? Chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, loudly.

    (December 23, 1968, Los Angeles)