9 Important Items of Devotional Service
Below we have a few important things that any devotee should want to know about:
1.How to work without sinful reaction-no karma
2.Devotee is imperceptibly liberated
3.How to overcome the 4 defects-imperfect senses, illusion, mistakes and cheating
4.How to be Krsna Conscious- and then again be in maya —
5 One knows his eternal relationship with Krsna only- after liberation
6.Don’t talk of liberation until after we become transcendental to the three modes of nature
7.If we are not pleasing our spiritual master, then we are giving pain to the Lord in the heart”
8.Srila Prabhupada explains who is his disciple and who is above and who is within the modes of nature.
9. He explains how one can be a pure devotee- even as a neophyte
How to work without sinful reaction-no karma
Los Angeles, May 6, 1970
SB 4.23.9 purport
How to overcome the 4 defects-imperfect senses, illusion, mistakes and cheating
SB 3.24.12Purport- Brahmā praises Kardama because he carried out the orders of the spiritual master in toto and without cheating. A conditioned soul in the material world has the disqualification of cheating. He has four disqualifications: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to be illusioned, he is prone to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. But if one carries out the order of the spiritual master by disciplic succession, or the paramparā system, he overcomes the four defects. Therefore, knowledge received from the bona fide spiritual master is not cheating. Any other knowledge which is manufactured by the conditioned soul is cheating only
How to be Krsna Conscious- and then again be in maya --
An example of summary punishment is this: If you are sentenced to be hanged but instead you are given a simple pinprick, that is very nice. Krishna minimizes the devotee’s suffering to the lowest. So long as one is engaged in devotional service, he is immune to the reactions of his past sinful activities, but if he chooses to give up this devotional service, then he has to undergo all these reactions.
Philosophy discussions with Hayagrive Plotinus
One knows his eternal relationship with Krsna only- after liberation
No one should claim his eternal relationship with Kṛṣṇa unless he is liberated. In the conditioned state of life, the devotees have to execute the prescribed duties as recommended in the codes of devotional service. When one is mature in devotional service and is a realized soul, he can know his own eternal relationship with Kṛṣṇa. One should not artificially try to establish some relationship. In the premature stage it is sometimes found that a lusty, conditioned person will artificially try to establish some relationship with Kṛṣṇa in conjugal love. The result of this is that one becomes prakṛta-sahajiyā, or one who takes everything very cheaply. Although such persons may be very anxious to establish a relationship with Kṛṣṇa in conjugal love, their conditioned life in the material world is still most abominable. A person who has actually established his relationship with Kṛṣṇa can no longer act on the material plane, and his personal character cannot be criticized
Dont talk of liberation until after we become transcendental to the three modes of nature
If we are not pleasing our spiritual master, then we are giving pain to the Lord in the heart”
lecture Hawaii March 5 1969 – We are suffering, we are manufacturing so many philosophical ways, but actual position is–that is the statement of Bhagavad-gita–that we are part and parcel of Krsna, God. We are not working according to our particular duty. Just like this finger is part and parcel of my body. It has got a particular duty: to serve the whole body. When it is unable to do it, it is painful, the physician or the surgeon says that “This finger should be amputated. Otherwise it will create disturbance to the whole body.” Similarly, we are all part and parcel of the supreme whole, but not surrendering unto Him, misusing our independence, we are giving pain to the Supreme. Therefore He comes, that “You surrender. Don’t give Me pain. You just abide by My order. That will give Me pleasure. You will be happy.” That state of consciousness, to abide by the order of Krsna is Krsna consciousness. That’s all.
Srila Prabhupada explains who is his disciple, and who is above, and who is within the modes of nature
Det June 13 1976
devotee (2): …devotional service is transcendental to the modes of material nature. That’s from the very moment that one first begins to render devotional service? Or gradually? From the first very moment?
Srila Prabhupada explains how even a neophyte can be a pure devotee
Det June 14 1976
Makhanlāl: There are many different levels of pure devotional service?