What is the process of coming to Krishna consciousness?
Somebody must have done some kind of piety in previous life or this life doesn’t matter. That piety in connection to devotion to Krishna or it can be in connection with swargs. Somebody wants to go to Swarga and he wants to be pious for that. Piety in connection to devotion like somebody gives donation for books, or temple, or deity worship. Somebody gives some donation, by somehow or another they have done something in devotion to Krishna then that piety leads us to Sadhu Sanga, that piety attracts sadhu towards us or else we go towards sadhu because we have that open mind, sraddha shabde vishwas kare, we have that faith so that leads us to associate with devotees and from association of the devotees, devotional service takes birth. Krsna bhakti janma mula hoye sadhu sanga, shudha bhakta carana renu bhajan anukula bhakta sewa param siddhi prem latikera mula. Prem latiker mula, sadhu sanga gives the seed of devotion, it plants the seed of devotion in our heart so that’s a piety. So, if you’re sinful, it will not help develop faith in devotees, in bhakti. So, piety brings us closer to devotees.
In order to go back to Krishna, we must have incurred or acquired some piety which can lead us to devotion to Krishna, Krishna bhakti janme sukriti, piety which is in relation to devotion to Krsna. Somehow or other, knowingly or unknowingly, accidentally, we have acquired that piety, just like one of your friend drags you to temple, or one of your friend can ask you donation for Srila Prabhupada or one of your friend walk into you and give you Srila Prabhupada’s Gita, Bhagwat, literature and you give some donation, there may be some profit in it. So that sukriti, that piety can lead us or can give us benefit of associating with devotees and when you go closer to devotees. What are you going to get? Naturally, we will get Krishna Bhakti, Krishna bhakti janma mula hoye sadhu sanga, so when we associate properly with the devotees of the Lord then we can get the seed of devotion. mahat-sevāṁ dvāram āhur vimuktes tamo-dvāraṁ yoṣitāṁ saṅgi-saṅgam. Vimukte, sadhu sanga liberates you and brings you to the threshold of bliss, Ananda for which we are hankering for. SO, this sadhu sanga can lead you to devotion to Krishna and this devotion to Krishna, bhakti is the mother of Bliss. Bhakti janme piety can bring us to sadhu sanga, sadhu sanga can bring us to devotional service to Krishna and that devotional service to Krishna which is in pure form, not karma mishr, gyana mishr, sukh mishr bhakti, pure devotion to Krishna is the only way by which we can get eternal bliss, peaceful, Ananda, happy and that bliss mitigates all the distresses. This is the nutshell of our philosophy that without devotion to Krishna you cannot get bliss.