Seriousness and Sincerity in Spiritual life

Most of the time, we get discouraged thinking that this is an impossible task for me to accomplish. We accept defeat even before giving it a try. This material world is like a big ocean and we are like tiny sparrows. We do not have the capacity to cross this ocean on our own. But if we decide to cross over this ocean of material existence by accepting seriously the instructions of our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada and if we show our sincerity by regularly chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

then success is guaranteed.  Our Seriousness in determination and sincerity will please the Lord as the efforts of the sparrow pleased Garuda.

The sparrow challenged the ocean, “Return my eggs else I will dry you up”. Hearing this ocean started laughing. The ocean had stolen the eggs of the sparrow and the little bird wanted her eggs badly. She was determined to get them back. And so with her tiny beak she began to pick out water from the ocean. She did it again and again. Everyone was amused at this act of the sparrow; the ocean could not control his laughter. But nothing deterred the sparrow. She continued to endeavour without thinking about success or failure. News spread everywhere about the resolve of an insignificant creature to dry up the gigantic ocean. Finally her efforts attracted the attention of Garuda, the king of the birds and the carrier of Lord Vishnu. Garuda threatened the ocean and said, “Return her eggs immediately or else I will completely dry you up now.” Seeing the huge size of Garuda, ocean became frightened and within no time retuned the eggs of the bird.

Srila Prabhupada explains, “If anyone follows the principles with great determination, the Lord will surely help, for God helps those who help themselves.” So, let us take a vow to dry up the ocean of material existence and show our efforts by practicing devotional life with utmost sincerity keeping complete faith in our endeavour.

A Serious personality can thus achieve the highest perfection of meeting the Lord and attain his objective simply by being guided by a pure devotee, who automatically approaches by dint of one's serious determination to meet the Lord by all means with sincere efforts in following pure devotee’s instructions.