Mahābuddhi dāsa: How can we become better qualified to serve you?
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Hare Kṛṣṇa. By remembering
the sweet pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. This is the only reason we are engaged
in so many activities. This is our main object, not making money
or establishing centers or anything else. This is why we print and
distribute books. If in the course of your preaching work what you
are suggesting can be easily accomplished, that is good. But do not
over-endeavour for it.
In this connection Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has instructed: bahu-ārambha-tyāgaḥ.
This means that to start many things at the same
time is not advisable and is unfavourable for bhakti. Do not struggle to
do too much. For myself, for Prabhupāda, your Gurudeva, it was easy
to organize large festivals in Navadvīpa and Vraja-maṇḍala. Besides
these festivals, we may accept whatever else can be accomplished
without much difficulty.
Simply concentrate on increasing your chanting and remembering,
and then preach as far as you are able. If you become too
involved in establishing very big centres, you will have to give all of
your energy for maintaining them. Your focus and enthusiasm for
performing sādhana-bhakti will diminish, and after some time may
Mahābuddhi dāsa: Then what is the best way that we can serve you?
Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: You are already serving. Moreover,
if your chanting and remembering increases, I will be served
automatically, because this is the exact purpose for my coming to
this country. I was thinking, “How can I plant a seed in their desertlike
hearts?” It is very difficult to do, but that is what we are doing
through the process of our guru-paramparā.