From Srila Prabhupada’s “Nectar Of Devotion”
Chapt. 18 under the section “Great Hope”
“The strong conviction that one will certainly receive the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is called in Sanskrit asabandha. Asabandha means to continue to think, ‘Because I’m trying my best to follow the routine principles of devotional service, I am sure that I will go back to Godhead, back to home.’
“In this connection, one prayer by Rupa Gosvami is sufficient to exemplify this hopefulness. He says, “I have no love for Krsna, nor for the causes of developing love of Krsna – namely, hearing and chanting, and the process of bhakti yoga by which one is always thinking of Krsna and fixing His Lotus Feet in the heart, is also lacking in me. As far as philosophical knowledge or pious works are concerned, I don’t see any opportunity for me to execute such activities. But above all, I am not even born of a nice family. Therefore I must simply pray to You, Gopijanavallabha, (Krsna, maintainer and beloved of the gopis). I simply wish and hope that some way or other I may be able to approach Your Lotus Feet, and this hope is giving me pain, because I think myself quite incompetent to approach that transcendental goal of life.” The purport is that under this heading of asabandha one should continue to hope against hope that some way or other he will be able to approach the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Lord.”
May we selflessly serve Srila Prabhupada’s desires, and obtain the dust of His Lotus Feet, and by His grace, may we attain eternal loving service to the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Their Eternal Associates.
Your servant,
B. Radha-Govinda
Hare Krsna