Etymologically, the word passion has its root in the Latin word passio which means “suffering, being acted upon,” derived from the Latin word pati or “to suffer.” Remember that words have denotative and connotative meanings and words could be misconstrued. We have to be enthusiastic to maintain sustainable preaching projects; enthusiasm is a requisite for devotional growth. Observably, passion is also being used in our vaisnava communities but we have to realize that we need to conscientiously perform our devotional activities so that we can rise to goodness and to purified goodness. We should follow the daily schedule Srila Prabhupada gave to us: to rise early and utilize the brahama-muhurta hours for trying to connect with Krsna. We should also adhere to the four regulative principles of freedom, and we need to avoid eating grains ( bhoga) in restaurants, etc. When we take shelter of Krsna’s holy names always, passion will live at bay with us. Just make sure that you’re giving qualitative 2 hours to Krsna everyday to chant His names and you’ll be happy, I bet you. 🙂 It’s better to motivate yourself than turn to “self-condemnation.” Whatever you do, you need to ask yourself how it would help you to gain upward mobility secularly and devotionally. On the other hand, lust is the bedrock of this material arena. Without the lust factor, people would not work so hard to build skyscrapers. Lord Brahma utilized passion for his engineering business of secondary creation.

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