One should not be idle but should be very enthusiastic about executing the regulative principles. Neglect of the regulative principles will destroy devotional service. In this Krishna consciousness movement there are four basic regulative principles, forbidding illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. A devotee must be very enthusiastic about following these principles. If he becomes slack in following any of them, his progress will certainly be checked. — The Nectar of instruction, Text 03.
One must follow directions of the spiritual master 100%.
When we are children, innocent, we have no bad habits, but as we grow and associate with bad company, we also acquire all these bad habits. To give up all these bad habits means we have to associate with sadhus or devotees, saintly persons. Then we can give it up. This is called 'Anartha-nivritti', means giving up all unwanted bad habits. — Conversation, Mexico, 11th Feb, 1975.
Pure devotees of Lord are associates of Lord. To associate means to surrender unto them and surrender means to follow their instructions.
Just as the standard of money is not currency like the dollar, yen, or ruble, but gold, so rasa is the standard of realization of the Absolute.
A rich person utilizes his wealth in entertainment, but a devotee utilizes it to worship the deity of the Lord.
Ordinary knowledge obtained by a university education pertains only to matter. Knowledge means knowing the distinction between spirit and matter. In modern education there is no knowledge about spirit; they are simply taking care of the material elements and bodily needs.