Why Pure Devotional Service is Rare to achieve?
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This is not possible as a single person without the Permission of Krishna. In this Post, Srila Prabhupada & Srila Rupa Gosvami says that one can not preach without the approval of a Pure devotee and Krishna and It is NOT given easily by Krishna.
(QUALITIES OF A PURE DEVOTEE OF KRISHNA! READ HERE!)
Let us read in their words here why Pure Devotional Service is Rare to achieve:
In the preliminary phase of spiritual life there are different kinds of austerities, penances and similar processes for attaining self-realization.
However, even if an executor of these processes is without any material desire, he still cannot achieve devotional service.
And aspiring by oneself alone to achieve devotional service is also not very hopeful, because Krsna does not agree to award devotional service to merely anyone.
Krsna can easily offer a person material happiness or even liberation, but He does not agree very easily to award a person engagement in His devotional service. Devotional service can in fact be attained only through the mercy of a pure devotee.
In the Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya 19.151) it is said, “By the mercy of the spiritual master who is a pure devotee and by the mercy of Krsna, one can achieve the platform of devotional service. There is no other way.”
(SYMPTOMS OF PURE AND SURRENDERED DEVOTEES! READ HERE!)
The rarity of devotional service is also confirmed in the tantra-sastra,
where Lord Siva says to Sati, “My dear Sati, if one is a very fine philosopher,
analyzing the different processes of knowledge, he can achieve liberation from the material entanglement. By performance of the ritualistic sacrifices
recommended in the Vedas one can be elevated to the platform of pious activities and thereby enjoy the material comforts of life to the fullest extent. But all such endeavors can hardly offer anyone devotional service to the Lord, not even if one tries for it by such processes for many, many thousands of births.”
In Srimad-Bhagavatam it is also confirmed by Prahlada Maharaja that merely by personal efforts or by the instructions of higher authorities one cannot attain to the stage of devotional service. One must become blessed by the dust of the lotus feet of a pure devotee, who is completely freed from the contamination of material desires.
(How to become a pure devotee and attach with Krishna? READ HERE!)
In the Fifth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sixth Chapter, verse 18, Narada also says to Yudhisthira, “My dear King, it is Lord Krsna, known as Mukunda, who is the eternal protector of the Pandavas and the Yadus. He is also your spiritual master and instructor in every respect. He is the only worshipable God for you.
He is very dear and affectionate, and He is the director of all your activities,
both individual and familial. And what’s more, He sometimes carries out your orders as if He were your messenger! My dear King, how very fortunate you are, because for others all these favors given to you by the Supreme Lord would not even be dreamt of.”
The purport to this verse is that the Lord easily offers liberation, but He rarely agrees to offer a soul devotional service, because by devotional service the Lord Himself becomes purchased by the devotee.
Thus, Pure Devotional Service is Rare to achieve.
SIX CHARACTERISTICS OF PURE DEVOTIONAL SERVICE CAN BE READ HERE!
OTHER FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF PURE DEVOTIONAL SERVICE ARE:
How Devotional Service or Bhakti relieves from karma & material distress? READ HERE!
Why Krishna Consciousness Is All-auspicious & Capable to reform others? READ HERE!
Why the Only way to get Real Happiness is Krishna Consciousness? READ HERE!
MUKTI or MOKSHA or DEVOTIONAL SERVICE – WHAT IS THE TARGET OF DEVOTEES? READ HERE!
Why Krishna is attracted by Pure Devotional service only? READ HERE!