Faith is a special kind of wealth, and it is the price we must pay for love of Krsna; for it is only through faith that we get the pure holy names, and it is only through the pure holy names that we get love of Krsna.
If you lack the willpower to do what you know you should, you will be left with a life devoid of your ideals. Thus, self-control is real freedom.
Chanting is not just a process, it is a relationship. You and the holy name are together for two hours every day. If you are conscious of this while you chant, your chanting will dramatically improve.
What you speak about you will see. Speak negatively and your reality becomes negative.
If we are afraid of love – and surrender is another word for love – Krsna will bring into our lives the very things we fear will happen if we surrender. So what we fear will happen if we surrender then appears in our lives, because this is what we are focused on and this is what we expect will happen.
But sastra says when we surrender, Krsna takes care of us. If we don’t fully believe this, then He won’t do it. He reciprocates with our mentality; so He will validate our doubts. Thus, fears are self-validating.
About Mahatma Prabhu
Mahatma Prabhu was born in Los Angeles, California in 1950. In 1969, at the age of 19, he first met Srila Prabhupada through The Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and then later that year met Srila Prabhupada personally in Los Angeles. In January of 1970 he moved into the temple in Berkeley, California and shortly after received first and second initiation.
He went on to do a variety of services including book distribution, sankirtan leader, temple president, college preaching, congregational development, and various educational projects. This has culminated in the work he does today developing workshops, social media, online courses and books both for devotees as well as the general public through his company Sattva (www.thesattvaway.com).