“Love is not a matter of getting what you want. Quite the contrary. The insistence
on always having what you want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible. To love you have to climb out of the cradle, where everything is “getting,” and grow up to the maturity of giving, without concern for getting  anything special in return.”

Merton, Thomas. Love and Living. Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, editors.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979: 30-31

“So Krsna is personally teaching. Why we should satisfy Krsna? Because there is no more a greater authority than Krsna. We are trying to serve here greater authority. Every one of us… We are going to office, we are going to party meeting, we are going to be elected president. So what is that?

“That I assure that “I shall satisfy your senses. You want this? I shall give you. Please elect me.” Everyone is trying to satisfy the senses. Either of own self… He’s giving false promise. Actually, he wants to satisfy his own senses. As soon as he becomes minister, he’ll satisfy his own senses. But he’s getting elected by promising satisfying…, to satisfy your senses. But the sense gratification is going on.

“But there is chaos because the point is missing. There is no activity for satisfying senses of Krsna. That is the defect of the modern civilization. Therefore one should learn that you are satisfying the senses of others. Try to satisfy the senses of Krsna, because there is no more greater authority than Krsna. We are satisfying the senses of greater authority. That’s all. Or my senses. Because my senses are also greater authority — kama, krodha, lobha, moha, matsarya. These are very strongly dictating me, “Do this.” I don’t want to do this. My conscience is willing (beating?). But my kama, my lust, is forcing me.”

Bhagavad-gita class 7.7 — Bombay, February 22, 1974

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