Somehow we must know these truths. Try to know. Even if you have no taste, there is no harm. Still you should try. Even if you have no taste in the name, still you should chant. Even if you have no taste in hearing all these topics, you should think, “I will be here, somehow or other, even if I have to take chili powder. I must hear. I will go, again and again.”
If one does not know what is the transcendental nature of the jīva, and what is occasional, temporary, one is bound to think, “What I am now: this is real.” No one can help such a person. Kṛṣṇa sometimes comes in the form of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Rāma, and others, and He sends His own associates. He sends such help to the conditioned souls.
Somehow that occasional religion should melt and go away, and the real transcendental, intrinsic nature, to serve Kṛṣṇa, should manifest. Try to think, try to read, and try to follow. If you do not understand, again and again serve your Gurudeva. Serve, and then inquire. Don’t inquire without serving. By that sevā, guru will be satisfied, and like a cow he will give milk. His milk is hari-kathā. You cannot have this without serving, and therefore you should always remember this Gītā principle.
December 14, 2001 Germany