Those who want to make Kṛṣṇa, God, their own property, ban others saying, “You cannot come.” Kṛṣṇa becomes very angry with them, and Śaṅkara is also not pleased with them. Those who think, “Kṛṣṇa is our property; we can use Him for our maintenance,” do not have bhakti. They will ban the whole world from entering, saying, “If you pay something, then you can go in—otherwise not.” I have given you a special thing which I did not give to the Indian devotees. I like you most because you are feeling separation from Śaṅkara. Śaṅkara must therefore be merciful. He must sprinkle his mercy upon you.
Now we will go to Lokanātha Mahādeva. Those who don’t know anything—the smārta-brāhmaṇas — may prohibit you from entering there, but don’t worry. If you have the mercy of gambhīrā, the mercy of this place, of Siddha Bakula, of Ṭoṭā Gopīnātha, then what harm is there if you cannot enter Lokanātha Mahādeva’s temple? Moreover, I think that Lokanātha Mahādeva will know your wish. He will think, “They want to take my darśana.” He will thus give his darśana in your heart. So, don’t be worried for this.
October 10, 2001 Purī