Ś rīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja used to say don’t fall prey to the idea that I am so busy in Kṛṣṇa’s service I have no time for Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Just like there are what we call alcoholics, there are what we call workaholics, and there’s what I call serve-aholics. An alcoholic is someone who’s an excessive drinker. A workaholic is someone who is an incessant worker. And a serve-aholic must be someone who incessantly serves. This prabhu is a serve-aholic! This is a misused nomenclature or phrase. Alcoholic doesn’t just mean an incessant drinker – it means one who hides the reality of his life behind incessant drinking. He cannot face a reality, maybe at home, his job, his social status, the colour of his skin, that he’s male or female or something in between. Whatever it is, he can’t adjust the reality of what he is, so behind the drinking it is forgotten.
And we think that if someone is a workaholic that’s a good thing. This person’s a workaholic. If you get them on the farm that’s good. This word ‘workaholic’ comes from the psychiatric department. It means, a person who hides the reality of his life behind, work, work, work, work. He can’t deal with the wife and kids at home, so he gets a second job. He can’t deal with the realities of society so he just does work on the computer forever. He can’t deal with the world. He finds himself inside the screen, inside his hard-disk. They are called workaholics. It’s a disease.
There is a serve-aholic – it does not mean someone who is just serving, serving, serving. It means someone is keeping themselves busy in that realm called devotional service to the extent that they don’t want to address reality. They don’t want to face what is truth. They don’t want to make progress. They don’t want to go back to Godhead. Very, very busy! Prabhu, I’m very busy serving Śrīla Prabhupāda. So busy, I just don’t have time! I don’t have time to read any other book! I don’t have time, I don’t have time. I’m too busy serving! So hopefully there are not too many serve-aholics.