(Click to enlarge vintage photo of Madan Mohan, the Enchanter of Cupid)
"So this whole Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to practice transferring from one kind of consciousness to another. So we require practice. Just like one man can run three miles. I cannot run even one mile. He has practiced. We see some boys, they run, run on. They practice, practice it. Strength of the heart increasing by practice. And if I run, my heart will be palpitating, because I have no practice. So by practice, everything can be attained. (japa)
(break) ...determination. And this determination is increased by celibacy. Brahmacārya is recommended to keep oneself determined. A brahmacārī, if he determines something, he executes. He has got that strength of mind. Those who are too much addicted to sex life, they cannot be determined. They cannot be fixed-up. They are flexible, changing. People are, in modern day, they cannot sit down in a place for a long time. Therefore so much traveling. The traveling business is very prosperous. Everyone wants to travel. They cannot fix, fix up.
So the processes recommended, they're very valuable, but it is not possible to follow them all in the present age because everything is reducing. So our method is to pray to Kṛṣṇa to give us the necessary strength. That's all. Otherwise, by regular practice, for this age is very difficult. Unfavorable. First thing is memory is very short. We cannot remember. Life is very short.
Life is short, at the same time, so much disturbed by anxieties, by disease, by natural disturbances. Roga-śokAdibhiḥ. Short life; that is also disturbed by disease and lamentation. Every moment there is something for which you have to lament: 'Oh!' Roga-śokAdibhiḥ. And disease. This body is a breeding ground of all kinds of disease. Life is short and it is so much disturbed. So how it is possible to practice?
Therefore, this one practice—chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, and hearing—that is very nice. And praying to Kṛṣṇa, 'Please give me strength.' Hare, 'O Energy of Kṛṣṇa, O Kṛṣṇa, I am fallen; I have no strength. Please accept me.' That's all. 'I have no qualification. I am frail. I am trying, but I am failing.' All these appeals should be made. And Kṛṣṇa is all-powerful; He can do anything. Even the..., we do not perform, trying our best, if we fail, Kṛṣṇa will help us. Just like a child tries his best, but he falls down. The mother takes up and 'All right. Come on. Walk.' Like that."
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, San Francisco, March 23, 1968)