Dec 01

To render service to the devotees according to their respective qualifications is conducive to pure devotion  –

“Knowing Krsna and His name to be identical truth, one embraces exclusively the holy name’s path; and thus who is initiated into chanting the name properly should be mentally respected as a member of the family.

And he who serves Krsna by constant worship of the name, within his heart e’er residing at Sri Vrndavana Dhama know him an intermediate devotee, make obeisance at his feet and keep him as a faithful friend in your thought and deed.

And who, by internal service to the name, knows his divine identity, sees Krsna, only Krsna in every form and entity;  seeing nothing separate from Krsna in the entire creation, he sees all souls equally serving Krsna’s predilection —

 know such a veteran votary most honored and most cherished, serve him in thought, word, and deed, with heart’s fulfillment relished: with obeisance, inquiry, service, him in all respects entreat by the grace of such a great soul we can reach Lord Krsna’s feet.”

(Bengali verse translation of instructions to an intermediate devotee, from Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur)

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.4]

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