Q&A by Gaudiya Gosthipati Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Thakura Prabhupada
Q : What should the mentality of practitioners like us be?
A. : A practitioner should know that anartha-nivrtti is the last platform before attaining the goal of life. Part of that understanding is to know that unfavorable situations create situations favorable for devotional service in the next moment. If one develops the mentality that everything in this world is meant for Krsna’s service, then the propensity for material enjoyment cannot disturb him. We should all gladly accept whatever pleases Krsna. If Krsna is pleased by making me averse to Him, then I should accept that. Such dependence on the Supreme Lord will protect us. When hearing and chanting about the Lord become prominent in our lives, anarthas are gradually and automatically destroyed. We should proceed on the path of devotional service by knowing firmly that following in the footsteps of the eternally perfected spiritual master is the only alternative for attaining our ultimate goal of life.
Q: How do we achieve devotional service?
A : Impediments on the devotional path are removed by the strength of the Sri Gurus’s mercy. Once they are removed we will make quick progress. Therefore, we should hear about the Lord from the spiritual master and the saints and study the literature under their order. “Hearing” includes studying devotional literature. If we become distracted from our Guru’s feet for even a moment, it is inevitable that we will become degraded.