Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar
Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Mandir, Vrindavan, India
"Here in this world we are experiencing frustration. Here we love -- a man loves a woman, or a woman loves a man -- but there is frustration. After some time they are divorced, because their love is a perverted reflection. There is no real love in this world. It is simply lust. Real love is there between Krishna and the gopis. Real love is there in the friendship between Krishna and His cowherd boys. Real love is there between Krishna and the cows and calves. Real love is there between Krishna and the trees, flowers, and water. In the spiritual world, everything is love. But within this material world, we are satisfied merely by the reflection of the things in the spiritual world. So, now that we have this opportunity of human life, let us understand Krishna. And as the Bhagavad-gita [4.9] says, janma karma ca me divyam evam yo vetti tattavtah -- you should understand Krishna in truth, not superficially. Learn the science of Krishna. This is the instruction -- you should simply try to love Krishna. The process is that you worship the Deity, you take prasadam, you chant Krishna's holy names, and you follow the instruction of the spiritual master. In this way you'll learn how to understand Krishna, and then your life will be successful. This is our Krishna consciousness movement. Thank you very much."

(The Journey of Self-Discovery, Chapter 4)
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