Why starting devotional service now itself is important, not later?
Postponement is the first barrier for improvement – whether it is studies, earning, performing marriage, etc.
Same applies for spiritual/ devotional practices also. Starting devotional service now itself is important, not later.
Some may get introduced to devotional environment and practices even in their childhood;
(How to manage our devotion ignoring the materialistic people around us? READ HERE!)
Some others in their adult age;
And, some may get introduced in 50s or 60s or even 70s or 80s.
Whatever the case may be, they have to start their sincere devotional practices atleast from now without delay.
Because, now they are alive with the mercy of Lord. So, the Lord has given them opportunity to think of Him atleast now. They do not know about tomorrow, or even the next moment.
So, this moment is to be utilized to start their devotional practices just by chanting the Holy names of Krishna.
Here, we should remember the case of Parikshit Maharaj. When he was cursed by the son of a brahmana that he will die within seven days, he utilized those seven days exclusively to hear the glories of Krishna through Bhagavatham.
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After hearing the same, the king got liberated and got the kingdom of Krishna. This shows that we must utilize every available moment to hear and sing the glories of Lord.
It is the natural tendency for the people to postpone anything.
If they have some problems now, they postpone their devotional practices for another day or even to next month or year.
Thus, they go on postponing and they end up in not starting at all. Because their problems are not going to stop till they die. This life will always have some kind of problems. If we postpone their devotional practices to start after our problems are over, it will never happen.
In young age, they say: “I will start devotional practices after my studies are over”. They think that after the studies and getting job, they will not get any problems in life.
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In their adult age, they say: “I will start devotional practices after my marriage is over”. But, after marriage, they are surrounded with many responsibilities and they become seriously engaged in them.
In old age, they say: “I will start devotional practices after my health becomes good”. Because their health becomes weak in their advancing old age.
Thus, one day, they become old and unable to move. They get problems through sons or daughters or grandchildren. They find it difficult to move and even speak. Their food intake comes down. Their memory comes down. They find it difficult even to bear their own body. Then what about thinking of Krishna suddenly in old age?
So, better late than never. Whatever your age may be now, start your devotional practices atleast from now. Start with the chanting of Hare Krishna and get elevated to the kingdom of Lord by detaching from material affairs and attaching to Krishna.
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There are many vaishnavas who have sacrificed everything for Krishna’s service.
If you see a rath yathra, it involves the service of hundreds of dedicated devotees.
You take Prasadam in the temples. It involves the services of many devotees who cook the food with devotion.
When Srila Prabhupada went to America, he was alone and he had just a few dollars and books. But, seeing his purity and hearing his instructions, hundreds of his disciples left everything and dedicated for their guru’s service and made ISKCON with this much of wide network.
As your close example, I too found my material business as a barrier for this preaching service and hence I deserted my business to do this service. Usually no one will dare to quit his running business to take devotional service. But, as preaching and horoscope services are the business allocated for brahmanas, I dared to quit my material business that is not recommended for brahmanas. Since now I am doing my swadharma, Krishna is protecting these services.
Thus, sacrifice involves in every benefit we get from a forum or temple or a preacher. Unless they sacrifice their personal preferences, dharma can’t exist.
So, follow the footsteps of such dedicated devotees and acharyas. You need not quit your job. Just quit your ego and do a bit of possible service to Krishna and Vaishnavas. It is enough.
It can be done by anyone and everyone. Think it over. The importance of starting devotional service now itself can be understood by you.
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