HH Romapada Swami in Boston
September 12, 2011

In our hearing, chanting our rounds, seeing the Deities, coming to mangala-arati, offering our food, etc., the mindfulness behind the activity is necessary. That’s protection from our residual tendency for sense gratification. Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana and Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura explain the very same point beautifully in the final catur-sloki versesof Bhagavad Gita. It says, “Unto those who are constantly engaged in devotional service, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge, the darkness born of ignorance”. They explain that the darkness born of ignorance is like the residual tendency, or the bungee cord tendency, to again go back to our former state of hard-heartedness, material enjoyment, and complacency. “I am feeling good.