If you want to really have the mercy of Kṛṣṇa, then you will have to hear the sweet pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. These are very sweet. Not so much intelligence is wanted there.

On the other hand, these pastimes are very powerful. If you know so much tattva, sometimes it cannot help you so much. Never. But if you have taste in hearing hari-kathā, very easily Kṛṣṇa you can enter through this hari- kathā and Kṛṣṇa will manifest in the heart.

He will go in the heart. He will purify very easily all your offenses, all ignorance’s, all sense gratifications which you cannot do by knowledge of tattva only. But if there is taste in hearing hari-kathā, then you have gone half the distance of devotion. And if not, your chanting will not help so much. Your worshiping will not help. Your knowledge of tattva will not help. And you can fall down. But if there is taste in hearing hari-kathā, then Kṛṣṇa will be controlled.

December 06, 2000 Germany Bhaktabandhav Bhaktivedānta Narayana Goswami Mahārāja