When friends and family first came to know about our interest in spirituality, we were rubbished off. The common excuses given were ….now is the time to enjoy, so why are you into bhakti. The second was you are young for this. You can start when you are old and have nothing else to do.
People generally do not understand that how much fun we have in our devotional life. We sing, we dance , we chant and we have nice prasadam. There is a sense of fulfillment and a feeling of belongingness. What else do you need. Surrounded by my god brothers and sisters, I feel loved and secured. There is no competition but a common goal-Krishna. What else do we need?
In the Bhagvad Gita 8chapter fifth shloka Krishna says:
anta-kale ca mam eva
smaran muktva kalevaram
yah prayati sa mad-bhavam
yati nasty atra samsayah
And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.
So if I do not do any devotional activity throughout my life but at the end hope to utter Krishna, is it possible. It is said when the soul quits the body it is extremel painful lie some 10000 scorpions biting at the same time, so will I be able to utter HIS name. Yes, I can only if I have practised chanting his name, my whole life, can I utter his nime at the final moment. Doesn’t practice make us perfect?
In the third chapter of Bhagvad Gita 38th shloka, Krishna says
yathadarso malena ca
tatha tenedam avrtam
As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly, the living entity is covered by different degrees of this lust.
Though this shloka talks about different degrees of lust, it can be covered to our need for spiritual connection.
As an embryo surrounded by everything abominable our condition is so piteous that we actually pray that this is going to be the last birth and we will try our best to return to the original home.
So devotion is inherent in us. It is hidden just like the fire is hidden amidst the smoke. A little poke can rekindle it.
Our devotion is hidden just like the dust covers the mirror. And how do you bring devotion…in this yuga by chanting. Chanting can clean the dust of anarthas (unwanted elements) and reconnect you to the Lord.]
So chant and be happy and reconnect with your original father.