The dog’s tail

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Lust is the heart disease of all conditioned souls of the world. Our Most Revered Gurudeva used to give an illustration of the dog. If the tail of the dog is made straight by pulling and when pulling will be stopped, the tail of the dog will return to it’s curled state. In the like manner, at the time of associating with sadhus, we think we have become alright but the moment we give up the company of the sadhus, we forget everything and we come to the same state what we were before. It is a long journey, all of a sudden we cannot get the desired fruit. As Rupa Goswami has said in the Upadeshamrita – Without earnestness, firm belief that Krishna will surely grace, patience, practicing devotional forms, disassociating from non-sadhus, accepting scriptural prescripts, we cannot get success in our devotional
spiritual life.

In your worldly life also, if you loose patience, you cannot succeed. So for spiritual amelioration, immense patience is necessary.

— Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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