[Excerpt from Srila Gurudeva: Around the World, Holland 1996, the first book in a series of volumes on Srila Gurudeva’s world preaching tours.]
Srila Gurudeva: Eating and collecting things, which are more than necessary, is atyahara. Don’t ever accept any object that is not favorable to your bhakti. Money, expensive clothes, pride, inclination to see beautiful things, listening to melodious music, and watching movies are detrimental to your bhajan. Don’t run after movie stars, or lady movie stars, it will ruin your bhakti. Don’t entangle yourself in these actions. Listen to hari-katha, krsna-katha as much as you can. You should also see the lotus feet of the deities, and the lotus feet of Gurudeva for all the time you want. But don’t see the faces of beautiful ladies and men or else, these mundane faces will make you nonsensical. If you see any lady, think, “She is my mother,” or “She is my daughter,” or “She is my sister.” But never look at the lady as an object of your enjoyment, as worldly persons do. If you see a beautiful lady, think, “My sister is so beautiful; she is the beloved of Krsna.” When you come across any beautiful lady or object, think, “Oh, how beautiful this person is! This person must be engaged in the service of Krsna. Oh how beautiful this object is also! It must be used in the service of Krsna.” Always think of ladies as your mother, sister, or daughter.
If a young beautiful person is seen, think, “Oh, he is the friend of Subala, Sridhama, Madhumangala, and the other sakhas. They are all serving Krsna.” No worldly lust should be there.