As soon as there’s saṅga, association, there’s so much more growth! There’s so much more happiness in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Association is essential towards growth. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is a happy thing. We don’t go in a room and beat ourselves with whips like some of these monks in Christianity do. We don’t bludgeon our heads crying, “Oh God! Forgive me! I am so sinful!” We don’t get into self-deprivation. No! Joining Kṛṣṇa’s devotees and serving Kṛṣṇa is a happy thing. But every once in a while we might think, “Yeah….the past.” But Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says:
Forget the past that sleeps
And ne’er the future dream at all
But act in time that are with thee.
And progress thee shall call.
This is from a poem by Bhaktivinoda. He is the ācārya and Kṛṣṇa is speaking through him. Don’t worry about your past. Past is past! It’s done! It’s gone! And don’t worry about the future. Just be here now! Live now and you will see the future will be bright. A lot of young people just waste their life worrying about the future. Live man! Do something! Be alive! Just don’t go to school, get a job, and just hunker down to watching TV at night. Do something! Live your life – and best is to live your life with Kṛṣṇa.