For the past few months i have been writing a weekly blog entry on my day off of work to compensate for my lack of Vaisnava association while performing my seasonal job on the New Jersey shore. Although e-sociation is no substitute for the real thing, this writing has been quite therapeutic for me and thankfully it has started a few email conversations which helped me get through the summer.
While i do plan on doing a lot more writing in the future, it seems that i will not be able to post a blog on a regular basis for the next several months since i will be traveling in places with limited internet access.
Hopefully i will be able to post one here and there, but it certainly will not be as regular as it has been.
But i will say this… these last fourteen weeks of regular writing has been really good for me. Being steady with any devotional practice (reading, japa, kirtan, deity worship, etc.) is the key to noticeable advancement. We humans have a tendency to only expend energy on something when it is absolutely necessary… we like to “take it easy” whenever possible. But when we do this with our devotional practice we might not notice its effectiveness and perhaps even dismiss it as unnecessary.
We are currently in the age of instant gratification where we want it our way, right away and will not tolerate boring transitions or delayed results. We want to put in minimal effort and receive optimal results.
But some things are worth putting forth extra effort, and among those things spirituality is the only one that is ultimately worthy of said effort.
So, with that i invite everyone who reads this to pick a devotional practice that you enjoy doing and set aside some amount of time to do that activity on a regular basis. And, as always, i would love to hear about what you chose and how it has affected you.
If we can somehow figure out a way to never miss the latest episode of a tv show or our favorite sports team’s game, we can certainly figure out a way to regularly chant a bhajan, or read a few chapters from sastra, or write out our thoughts.
Our character can be defined by the priorities that we set for ourselves, so let us set our default to Krsna-bhakti.
forever endeavor… amen.