Those who take a strong stand internally stand strong externally

Two buildings may look equally firm, yet when a devastating storm comes, one crumbles, while the other stands strong.

Why the difference?

Because their foundations were not equally strong.

The same principle holds true for our spiritual life. Two seekers may appear equally steady, yet when the storms of anti-devotional temptation come, some of us give up our devotional practices, whereas others stay firm.

Why the difference?

Because not all seekers have equally strong foundations.

What is our foundation in spiritual life?

It’s our inner connection with Krishna and our conviction to continue that connection, come what may. The connection gives us an experience of higher, devotional happiness and the conviction enables us to persevere in our devotional practices even when that happiness sometimes seems inaccessible due to the mind’s ever-chanting moods. The Bhagavad-gita (06.25) urges us to use our intelligence sustained with conviction (buddhya-dhriti grihitaya) to keep ourselves fixed on the inner spiritual reality. This conviction comes by regular scriptural study sharpened by diligent application. When we are thus convinced, we can take a strong stand internally against the mind’s propositions of worldly pleasure: “Nothing doing; I am a soul meant for far better things than such fleeting unfulfilling pleasures. Krishna will offer me everlasting ever-fulfilling happiness if I just stay faithful to him.”

This strong inner stand empowers us to stand strong externally, no matter how alluring the temptation or how extenuating the circumstance. Temptations can afflict us only through the mind. When we say no to the mind, we render the temptations powerless and harmless because we cut off their channel of attack, thereby creating a safe inner haven for ourselves. A haven that enables us to practice devotional service steadily till we are transferred to the ultimate heaven, Krishna’s eternal world of love.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 25

"Gradually, step by step, one should become situated in trance by means of intelligence sustained by full conviction, and thus the mind should be fixed on the self alone and should think of nothing else."

When one makes lust a god, lust makes one a devil
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  1. I strongly believe with your words. But, as we born in materialistic world and we have some primary duty towards our family and relations, So in this circumstance How to maintain the strength , so I can devote myself towards transcendental service of Krishna?

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  2. Thank you very much Prabhuji..

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  3. Thank you pr for posting this nice article,

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  4. Excellent words of wisdom to wake up to on our first day of Kartik!

    Thank you !

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  5. Good Words prabhuji..Thank you

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  6. Thank you very much!
    My doubts hav no boundaries n no literature to explain others to seeks some peace and answers..but, my friend krishna is understanding my situation and offering his merciful hands to lift me to reach him…
    May I grow according to His will!
    Jai swami Samantha!
    Jai sri Krishna parabharma! !

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  7. Thank you very much for this comments. My english is very bad, sorry.
    Jaya Srila Prabhupada!!!

    Your servant, Caitanyadeva das

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  8. Superb Article Prabhu!
    It encouraged me to strengthen myself internally!
    Hari Bol!

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