Journey begins always with a first step. A huge banyan tree is just a small seed in the beginning. The seed is first sown in the ground. The gardener nurtures it daily by watering it. Slowly the seed sprouts into a sapling then it becomes a plant and finally becomes a gigantic tree.
Our biggest problem is that we are very impatient. We want to achieve everything immediately. But we should understand that unless and until we strive for a goal, we will never get it. We have to take the plunge. We have to take the first step. Srila Prabhupada was instructed by his spiritual master to spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Prabhupada was all alone, he had no money. But he took that first step. He kept faith in the instructions of his spiritual master and faith in Krishna’s mercy. And the result the world saw and is seeing. We just have to begin in the right direction. There are many who successfully practiced devotional life and achieved love of God. Prahlad Maharaj, Dhruv Maharaj, Arjuna, Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami, Haridas Thakura, Srila Prabhupada are the ideal examples for us to follow. Their lives give us lots of hope in our own endeavor.
So, today let us take a vow to take the first step in our devotional life. Let us begin by dedicating a fixed amount of time for remembering the Lord. And the best way to remember God is by chanting the holy name like the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. An expert gardener waters the plant daily. Similarly, if we want to grow in our devotional life then we should chant the holy names of the Lord daily.
Krishna promises that if we take first step towards him then he will take thousands of steps towards us. We just have to take the initiative. Are we ready for it?