How could your life change if you choose to think this way?
1. My human life is sacred and I am responsible to honor it in that way.
“The human body, which can award all benefit in life, is automatically obtained by the laws of nature, although it is a very rare achievement. This human body can be compared to a perfectly constructed boat having the spiritual master as the captain and the instructions of the Personality of Godhead as favorable winds impelling it on its course. Considering all these advantages, a human being who does not utilize his human life to cross the ocean of material existence must be considered the killer of his own soul.” -SB 11.20.17
2. Lust can never be satisfied, but my heart is meant to be satisfied.
“‘O my Lord, there is no limit to the unwanted orders of lusty desires. Although I have rendered these desires so much service, they have not shown any mercy to me. I have not been ashamed to serve them, nor have I even desired to give them up. O my Lord, O head of the Yadu dynasty, recently, however, my intelligence has been awakened, and now I am giving them up. Due to transcendental intelligence, I now refuse to obey the unwanted orders of these desires, and I now come to You to surrender myself at Your fearless lotus feet. Kindly engage me in Your personal service and save me.’ -Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 22.16
3. Although temporarily covered, I am eternally a pure devotee of Krishna.
“The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind. -Bg 15.7
4. I can become pure in mind and body because I am already pure in spirit.
“Those with the vision of eternity can see that the soul is transcendental, eternal, and beyond the modes of nature. Despite contact with the material body, O Arjuna, the soul neither does anything nor is entangled.” -Bg 13.32, 1972
My senses are engaged with the world, but I am aloof.
“One who is in knowledge of the Absolute Truth, O mighty-armed, does not engage himself in the senses and sense gratification, knowing well the differences between work in devotion and work for fruitive results.” -Bg 3.28, 1972
In this verse, Krishna says quotes what a knower of the truth thinks, saying, “guna gunesu vartanta iti”, which means that he thinks, “My senses are engaged with the sense objects.” -Bg 3.28, 1972
5. Temptations come, temptations go.
“O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” -Bg 2.14, 1972
6. There’s nothing new in maya, and there’s nothing old in Krishna.
“O Brahma, whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality. Know it as My illusory energy, that reflection which appears to be in darkness.” -SB 2.9.34
7. Krishna is my best friend forever and unconditionally.
“Because you are My very dear friend, I am speaking to you the most confidential part of knowledge. Hear this from Me, for it is for your benefit. Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.” -Bg 18.65-66, 1972
8. Krishna is my everything.
“After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.” -Bg 7.19, 1972
9. Krishna is in my heart, so my heart is a place of pilgrimage.
Shrila Prabhupada: “Therefore every one of you should become pure devotee, first-class devotee. First-class devotee is that… In this age it has been made very easy. Simply keep yourself cleansed, not to indulge in the four principles, prohibition, and chant Hare Krsna, then you will be all first-class devotees. And wherever you will go, you will be able to purify there. Wherever you go. Wherever you speak, wherever you’ll sit. So keep this spiritual strength intact. Tirthi-bhutah. Tirthi-kurvanti tirthani sva antah-sthena. The Hare Krsna mantra chanting means keeping Krsna always within your heart. This is not… It is not expensive at all. You haven’t got to make a very exalted throne for Krsna. You can imagine that “In my heart I have placed now a very diamond throne, and Krsna is sitting.” That is accepted. It is… Actually it becomes. Even within the mind you think that “I have kept one diamond throne, very costly throne, because Krsna is coming. He will sit down here,” that is not false. That is a fact. So you create such situation within your heart. “Now Krsna has seated. Let me wash His feet with the Ganges water, Yamuna water. Now I change His dress to a first-class costly garments. Then I decorate with ornaments. Then I give Him for eating.” You can simply think of this. This is meditation. Svantah-sthena gadabhrta. It is so nice thing. Anywhere you can sit down and think that Krsna is sitting in your heart and you are receiving in so nice way. They are not false. They are also fact. It is so easy.
So here is the… If you simply carry Krsna within your heart always in a very devotional service, exalted devotional service, and chant Hare Krsna and think of Krsna, wherever you will go, you will purify the whole place. Svantah-sthena gadabhrta. It is fact. It is confirmed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Try to remain in your position as devotee, and as far as possible teach these rascals who are simply attracted by the glaring material stones and woods, and let them have some knowledge and do benefit to your countrymen, to your society, to your family.
Thank you very much.
Devotees: All glories to Srila Prabhupada. [end]”
-Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.13.10 – June 1, 1974, Geneva
10. My strength is Krishna and belongs to Him. My desire is Krishna and belongs to Him.
“I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O Lord of the Bharatas [Arjuna].” -Bg 7.11, 1972
11. Krishna says that I am eternal, indestructible, inexhaustible, immeasurable, perpetual, unborn, unmoving, amazing, immutable, inconceivable, ancient, unharmable, and all-reaching.
Evidence available in Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 2.
12. I can achieve anything in Krishna’s service because His service is unlimited and His servants are unlimited, too.
“Krishna is unlimited, His service is unlimited, and the energy of His servants is unlimited.”-Shrila Prabhupada, Letter to: Tamala Krsna – Hawaii 18 March, 1969
Nothing is unobtainable for devotees who have satisfied the Supreme Personality of Godhead.“ -Prahlada Maharaja, SB 7.6.25
13. It is possible for me to become fully Krishna conscious in one second.
“The saintly King Khatvanga, after being informed that the duration of his life would be only a moment more, at once freed himself from all material activities and took shelter of the supreme safety, the Personality of Godhead.” -SB 2.1.13
14. The holy name is the reciprocal form of unconditional eternal love.
“O my Lord! Transcendental poets and experts in spiritual science could not fully express their indebtedness to You, even if they were endowed with the prolonged lifetime of Brahma, for You appear in two features – externally as the acarya and internally as the Supersoul – to deliver the embodied living being by directing him how to come to You.” -SB 11.29.6
The Supersoul is present in everyone’s heart, but when one accepts a reciprocal relationship with the Lord, then the Lord sends His representative, the spiritual master, who initiated the disciple with the Holy Name. The Holy Name is therefore the reciprocal form of unconditional eternal love.