Is it wrong for the devotees thinking them as great in their service?

Is it wrong for the devotees thinking them as great in their service?

An initiated male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:

“Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Dandavats Pranams. I serve through …………..center of ISKCON and …………….is my Guru.  I feel sorry that I expect appreciation for my services in our temple. If my services are not appreciated, I lose part of my energy to serve. I expect that other devotees should call me the best servant of the divine couples.  Is it wrong? I chose to ask you because you are the best fit to reply as you serve anonymously without aiming for the direct praise from the devotees.”

REPLY:

In general, a devotee should behave like an instrument in the hands of Krishna. The devotees thinking them as great in their service is unnecessary though not wrong.

When He is connected to Krishna, he has no separate desires.  His only desire is to remain a servant of Krishna for ever.

Only if you think that you are a big achiever who must be given importance, you will expect fame from others.

Fame is not a permanent thing.

There have been greater….greater servants who have done huge achievements but lived a humble life.

Prahalada, Sage Naradha, Veda Vyasa, etc have been scholars and great performers in their service, but they never considered themselves great devotees.

A devotee will become more like a child stage by stage, because he does not have twins like good-bad, success-failure, up-down, etc.

See, in this preaching service too, I have been seeing many ups and downs in the approach of  the devotees. At the same time, I give all the respects and close attention to those who make use of the service and encourage that.

How can we identify a devotee and give necessary attention if that devotee does not come out and respond to our services thru comments, shares, support, etc?

So, the devotees too should realize their responsibility of making the media a live one like some devotees are doing now.

In fact, I develop a natural spiritual bond with those devotees who actively take part in this preaching service.

Parthasarathy Gopinath from Cambodia was commenting every day in our site directly till the year 2019 and his name and photo are still in my mind. (I remember the names and the pattern of every single devotee who took part in this service even since 2011).

Once he was absent for more than 15 days.  Since it was unusual, I messaged him whether he has any health issues. I got reply from his wife saying that Gopinath had died of brain hemorrhage 15 days ago in his work spot. I consoled her and conveyed my prayers.  I had posted about this in our page two years back.

I could not control my grief because he had been so innocent and frank. He was telling me frequently that he wants to support something before he dies as he had some serious health issues. But, he could not support this service thru Lakshmi since in Cambodia, banking services were very pathetic and there were no PAYPAL, Net banking, Wire transfer, etc in 2019. They had only Western Union for overseas transactions. It seems that he would have smelled his last period nearing in a few days. When his health issue advanced, he sent some dollars to our service thru western union and then died.  He had written that he had benefited so many things from our services and he will be leaving this world as a satisfied devotee and hence he wanted to do something before he dies.

Can you imagine how much I would have felt for him?  A dedicated devotee wanted to send money from a very backward country before he died with ill health.

How can I develop ego and big identity for me when there are such great hearts who are affectionately supporting though they know that their death is too soon?

If everyone understands the nature of this temporary life,  there will be no devotees thinking them as great in their service. we will never develop desires for fame.

Just serve.  Do good to others.   It will make hundreds of such devotees to get satisfied. When they bless the servant, Krishna will be happy.

What else a devotee should desire except the non stop service opportunity?

My prayer is that only.

Allow me serve till I stop my breath.

I do not need anything else.

Since Krishna have assured that you will take care of our daily needs, I do not bother about it.

When we stop differentiating nature, we are like a child.

Similarly a devotee will see Krishna in everyone and everything.  So, there will be no point of differentiation.

He will never consider himself in any identity except the constant servant of the lord.

So, the point is that a devotee need not desire for fame;  However, if he expects some fame from his devotional service, it is not bad and not punishable.  It is a ‘stage’ in his evolution as a Prema Bhaktha.  That’s all.

Let us now read what Srila Prabhupada says about desiring for fame as a great devotee:

Letter to Upendra from Los Angeles – 13.11.1968:

“You ask about the desire for fame.

Fame is a material desire, but to desire fame in Krishna Consciousness is not bad.

If you think that people may know me as a great devotee of Krishna and they may acknowledge me a nice devotee of Krishna, that is not at all bad.

But even one is highly elevated in Krishna Consciousness he should not think himself a great devotee, he should think himself always humble.”

Now, everything will be clear about devotees thinking them as great in their service.

(I FEEL GUILTY OF MAKING SHOW AS DEVOTEE. HOW TO CORRECT? READ HERE!)

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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