FIVE PRIMARY DUTIES OF A DEVOTEE RECOMMENDED BY SRI CAITANYA MAHA PRABHU!
Most of us are thinking that devotional process is very complicated.
It is not so.
In fact, compared to karma Yoga, Gnana Yoga and Dhyana Yoga, following Bhakti Yoga is easy and possible for all people, including even illiterates.
Many have doubt: Should we do all the tough vedic practices recommended in Vedas?
Bhakti Yoga is not just rituals.
It is related to athma developing an eternal relations with the Paramathma, ie, Krishna.
So, we have to follow a certain things to develop this relations with Krishna and to maintain it for ever.
Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu mercifully simplified the devotional processes to be followed by every devotee as FIVE PRIMARY DUTIES OF A DEVOTEE.
He recommended the following FIVE PRIMARY DUTIES OF A DEVOTEE to his disciple Srila Rupa Gosvami:
FIVE PRIMARY DUTIES OF A DEVOTEE RECOMMENDED BY SRI CAITANYA MAHA PRABHU
(1) TO CHANT THE HARE KRISHNA MANTRA:
Out of the above five, Chanting Hare Krishna Maha Manthra is the First duty for every duty. Have a target of 16 rounds and follow as much as possible initially. If you are initiated to a guru, chant 16 rounds without fail. Chant with Ruchi and Love on Krishna. Do not do chanting just as the completion of a duty. Make it as your daily interaction with Krishna.
Learn chanting Hare Krishna Maha Manthra Properly HERE.
(2) TO HEAR AND DISCUSS SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM:
Hear Srimad Bhagavatham daily from a learnt vaishnava or from your nearby sathsangha. If you do not have any access of such vaishnavas daily, learn through the books of Sril Prabhupada.
(3) TO OFFER SERVICES TO THE DEITY AT HOME OR IN THE TEMPLE:
Now a days, maintaining deities at home may not be possible for all. So, as said by maha Prabhu, they can worship the deities of Krishna in temples either daily or atleast on Sundays and holidays.
Learn about managing Deities HERE
(4) TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE LORD’S DEVOTEES:
This is very important. If we do not associate with the vaishnavas regularly, we will be carried away by maya to materialistic way of life because maya is so powerful to pull a casual devotee back to her trap.
Hundreds of ISKCON centres all over the world offer very good opportiunity to get the association of devotees every Sunday and even all the days. Make use of these opportunities.
Learn about association of devotees and its importance HERE.
(5) TO LIVE IN A HOLY PLACE CONNECTED TO LORD KRISHNA:
This is also important. However, it is not possible for all to permanently live in holy places because these places will not have space for hundreds of crores of people.
So, we should make it a practice to visit atleast one holy dham every year or every six months during holidays.
This will keep us vibrated with the spiritual vibrations of holy dhams.
Read about the importance of visiting the holy dhams HERE.
Are you ready to follow these simple recommendations of sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu?