Krishna says at many places that my devotees may have some temporary fall down but they must be considered sadhus because in due course of time they come back on track.
“Api cet su duracharo,
bhajate maam anaya-bhaak saadhur eva sa mantavayah samyag vyavasito hi sah.
Shipram bhavati dharmatma shashva chchantim nigachchati kaunteya pratijaanihi na me bhakta pranashyati.”
My devotee never perishes, maybe there is temporary fall down but ‘Shipram bhavati dharmatma’, he will again rejuvenate his transcendental devotional service unto me.
So, how to get back on track?
There are millions of ways to go back on track but the most important one is
“Sadhu sanga, naam kirtana, bhagavta srvana, Mathura vaas, sraddhaye sri murtir sevana, sakala sadhana sreshtha ei paancher anga Krsna bhakti janmaaye ei pancher alpa sanga.”
That means, the most important limbs of devotional service that can help you to come back to normal, where you left off is ‘sadhu sanga’– associating with saintly devotees, ‘naam kirtana– chanting of the holy name in a congregational kirtan or on japa beads, ‘Bhagavta srvana’– that one must read or hear Srimad bhagavatam, ‘Mathura vaas’– to reside in Vrindavan, Mathura, in a temple or at a devotees home, go to satsang and ‘sradhaaye srimurtir sevana’, with love, devotion and faith one must serve the deity form of Krishna. So, these five limbs of devotional service can put you quickly back on track. Out of all limbs of devotional service, these five are very important and even if you do very little of these five, they will enable you to reawaken your pure love for Krishna. Srila Rupa Goswami also gives shortcuts by saying,
“utsaahat nischayad dhairyat tat-tat-karma pravartanaat,
sanga tyaagat sato vrtteh sadbhir bhaktih prasidhyati.”
Utsah– enthusiasam, nischayad– strong determination, dhairyat– patience, tat-tat-karma pravartanaat– following the nine fold devotional service to Krishna which are Sravanam, kirtanam, visnu smaram, pada sevanam, arcanam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam and atma-nivedanam, ‘Sanga tyaagat’– abandoning the company of non-devotees, ‘sato vrtteh’– following the footsteps of devotees, pure devotees, Guru, Acaryas, Sadhus. These six things can put us back on track again. But, out of those, if you can associate with devotees, go to the temple, chant Hare Krishna 16 rounds and engage yourself into Kirtan- it is very important and dynamic way of getting back on track. Association of devotees is very very important, even Narada Muni, Srila Prabhupada and all such saints say that we also need to get the association of saintly people like us.