How to find good devotees using Social media to associate or marry?
A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“There are a few female devotees who post dirty pictures in internet in social media just like people who are in nightclubs. I know we shouldn’t judge anyone based on their clothes but how to determine whether someone is i serious devotion or not especially female because I am looking for a good nice devoted girl to marry and I am confused as there are a few devotee who wear modern dresses but not extremely revealing and then some who dresses exposing clothes, I am confused as to who are really devoted and who are not. Clothing is not problem for me as long as that girl is really devoted but it’s just some devotees are really exposing themself in the pictures and that’ what confused me.”
Posting such pictures is a clear violation of regulative principles.
Among the devotees using social media, such violating devotees are very less and they are starting level Neophyte devotees who are in a confused state.
For the devotees using social media, it should be handled very decently, professionally and spiritually in their social media activities.
Because riding in two horses at the same time is not possible.
(I FEEL GUILTY OF MAKING SHOW AS DEVOTEE. HOW TO CORRECT? READ HERE!)
Decide whether to show yourself as a devotee or as a person interested in materialistic way of life.
If you like to involve in the acts of wandering with the friends of opposite sex or to use intoxicants or to eat meat, please do not associate with the opposite sex or show yourself a devotee.
Because those who are looking for good match or association may get deceived seeing your double act with both the devotion and dark desires.
It will seriously affect the whole devotee community.
A devotee should first reduce or stop the association of non devotees as they will constantly pull the devotee from his devotion.
They should just stop with some formal talks for the basic courtesy with the non devotees.
They should not show themselves as a friend or associate of such non devotees.
A devotee does not require a friend or associate from among non devotees.
If you are working somewhere or studying, stop with the essential talks for professional reasons related to the career or studies.
(Why the devotees should avoid offenses strictly? READ HERE!)
If any devotee is showing her/ his exposing pictures publicly, just block him/ her and stop associating with him/ her.
Never consider him/ her for marrying. It is risky and may lead to our fall down.
Add only the devotees or pious persons as friends in your social media profile. Remove others.
Adding materialistic friends will lead to adding and reading more materialistic contents that may later lead to our fall down in due course of time.
So, always have just formal talks with the non devotees and healthy association with the devotees.
The condition is: Never hate anyone because all are the creations of Krishna.
I know many devotees who hesitate to share Krishna related posts. Some message me that his profile friends poke them if they share the posts related to Krishna.
They themselves allow poking materialistic persons as friends in their profiles. Then they downgrade themselves like non devotees just to avoid getting poked.
(Why Krishna gives more diversions for the devotees? READ HERE!)
If they allow only the devotees or pious persons in their profiles, they can share many contents related to Krishna with each other that will help in their devotional growth.
Many devotees hesitate to show themselves as the devotees of Krishna to their circle of friends. So, they never share the messages of Krishna to others.
By doing so, they miss the good opportunity to spread the messages of Krishna to others through their social media profiles.
They will take many births to go back to Krishna.
Because Krishna has to first make them accept and show out that they are the devotees of Krishna. Only after that, He can make that person grow in devotion.
(The illicit activities that should be avoided by the devotees! READ HERE!)
So, first show to others that you are a devotee of Krishna. It should be your identity.
In fact, it is your ONLY identity, because as an athma, every person should remain connected with the Paramathma Krishna.
There are a few devotees who maintain two profiles. One for sharing the contents related to Krishna. Another one to chat with materialistic people.
How can a devotee get a good person to associate or marry if he maintails contacts with both the devotees and materialistic person using two profiles?
Only the devotees who boldly show that they are the devotees of Krishna by sharing only the contents related to Krishna in their profiles/ pages and whatsapp accounts and have no secrets like double profiles, can grow fast in their devotion.
If a devotee also shows more interest in materialistic way of life, he/ she will gradually go away from Krishna and he will forget his identity as athma and will fall down in the hands of maya.
(What is the Prayascitta for fallen devotees who fall down from devotion? READ HERE!)
The devotees using social media whom you have referred in your question are not fit to remain associated with.
They may need another birth to get the courage to show themselves as devotees publicly.
So, first be clear: If you like to grow in the devotion to Krishna, AVOID marrying a devotee who claims as a devotee of Krishna, but also shows his/her exposing pictures and/ or vulgar writings.
Because, you too will fall down.
If you too are like him/ her leading a double life, then, do not marry a serious devotee showing yourself as a serious devotee.
If any devotee posts exposing images in their social media profiles, please stop that. Or, do not SHOW yourself as a devotee.
(Why should the devotees be Simple and Pure in their daily life? READ HERE!)
The devotees in their starting stage will behave like that with double faces.
Of course, it is a growing stage.
In due course of time, he will grow further and become a good devotee.
However, if anyone is a starting level neophyte devotee, but has a serious desire to grow in devotion, he should associate only with the serious devotees who have a clear determination of leading a devotional way of life.
When I started this Online Preaching service in the year 2011, I did not start as a dedicated media. I was just writing what I observed among the devotee circles. It then grew well and I realized the need to counsel the devotees for their problems in a balanced way. In due curse of time, when this service consumed my whole day I had to choose any one activity between this service and my earning business.
I chose to continue this service because, it is rare to be achieved. Krishna does not give this opportunity for all because it needs consistent dedication and true interest.
(Serving Krishna even when we struggle in (or) for life? -My Own Experience! READ HERE!)
Krishna gave me Good media, Right understanding about Himself, Good Diksha Guru, Good Siksha Gurus, Good guiding acharya like Srila Prabhupada, Good devotees like you to follow my genuine writings, etc, etc.
How much of blessings?
So, I chose my profile as a full time servant of Krishna.
This is the daring decision I made in my life though I may have to face many ups and downs in this selfish world.
My only hope in this world is the words of Krishna Himself that Krishna will never let His sincere devotees down and He will take care of the genuine needs of His devotee. So, He will protect me and all of us.
Thus, my advice is : Be a devotee; Be with the devotees; Understand the blessings given by Krishna to you; Grow in devotion.
Hope you are clear now about how to find good devotees using Social media to associate or marry.
(Dealing with Gossiping persons among devotees and non devotees! READ HERE!)