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August 6

Prabhupada says, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Prabhupada even said that about his own disciple who was very close to him. He said, “Actually he became too familiar, and familiarity breeds contempt.” And what happens? In the same way you become too familiar and start thinking, “They are ordinary people, they are doing…” and then you don’t want to associate with them anymore. But when you associate with each other by hearing and chanting, these feelings can be put aside because there's a higher goal, a higher objective. Not only that, it’s purifying. It’s very purifying. And what comes out is the feeling like, “Wow, there is some benefit being around these people. I don’t have to hide in my room all the time and try to avoid them in the hallway.”

August 19, 2012, Boston