[In the Bhagavad-gita it is also said that such fallen devotees are given a chance to take birth in a family of highly qualified brahmanas or in a rich mercantile family. A devotee in such a position is not as fortunate as one who is chastised by the Lord and put into a position seemingly of helplessness. The devotee who becomes helpless by the will of the Lord is more fortunate than those who are born in good families. The fallen devotees born in a good family may forget the lotus feet of the Lord because they are less fortunate, but the devotee who is put into a forlorn condition is more fortunate because he swiftly returns to the lotus feet of the Lord, thinking himself helpless all around.
Pure devotional service is so spiritually relishable that a devotee becomes automatically uninterested in material enjoyment. That is the sign of perfection in progressive devotional service. A pure devotee continuously remembers the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna and does not forget Him even for a moment, not even in exchange for all the opulence of the three worlds.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.5.19
[But Kuntidevi was shown far more favor because Lord Krsna did not save the other children of Devaki, whereas He saved the children of Kuntidevi. This was done because Devaki’s husband, Vasudeva, was living, whereas Kuntidevi was a widow, and there was none to help her except Krsna. The conclusion is that Krsna endows more favor to a devotee who is in greater dangers. Sometimes He puts His pure devotees in such dangers because in that condition of helplessness the devotee becomes more attached to the Lord. The more the attachment is there for the Lord, the more success is there for the devotee.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.8.23
[Whatever the material energy dictates, the conditioned soul does. He has no responsibility; he is simply the witness of the action, but he is forced to act in that way due to his offense in his eternal relationship with Krsna. Lord Krsna therefore says in Bhagavad-gita that maya, His material energy, is so forceful that it is insurmountable. But if a living entity simply understands that his constitutional position is to serve Krsna and he tries to act on this principle, then however conditioned he may be, the influence of maya immediately vanishes. This is clearly stated in Bhagavad-gita, Seventh Chapter: Krsna takes charge of anyone who surrenders to Him in helplessness, and thus the influence of maya, or conditional life, is removed.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.26.7
[A person in the conditioned stage of material existence is in an atmosphere of helplessness, but the conditioned soul, under the illusion of maya, or the external energy, thinks that he is completely protected by his country, society, friendship and love, not knowing that at the time of death none of these can save him. The laws of material nature are so strong that none of our material possessions can save us from the cruel hands of death. In the Bhagavad-gita (13.9) it is stated, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi-duhkha-dosanudarsanam: one who is actually advancing must always consider the four principles of miserable life, namely, birth, death, old age and disease. One cannot be saved from all these miseries unless he takes shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 7.1
[The holy name, however, eradicates all reactions to past sins, both those manifesting themselves at present and those destined to manifest themselves in the future. Simply by chanting the holy name, one attracts the attention of the Supreme Lord, who therefore considers, “Because this person has chanted My holy name, My duty is to give him protection.” The power of the holy name to absolve sins is declared emphatically in the scriptures. The Garuda Purana tells us, “If one chants the holy name of the Lord, even in helplessness or without desiring to do so, all the reactions of his sinful life depart, just as when a lion roars all the small animals flee in fear.” Says the Brhad-visnu Purana, “Simply by chanting the name of Hari, a sinful man can counteract the reactions to more sins than he is able to commit.” In the Visnu-dharmottara we read, “This word krsna is so auspicious that anyone who chants this holy name rids himself immediately of the reactions of sinful activities from many, many births.” But for the chanting of the holy name to exert such a powerful purifying effect, the devotee must chant the holy name in purity, without offense. Having ceased to indulge in sinful actions, he must live a pure and holy life.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => NAM: Introduction
[Paramahamsa: How can one remain humble in executing his devotional service?
Prabhupada: Yes. If he thinks himself that “I am non-entity, helpless,” then he can remain. If he thinks “I can do something. I have got so much intelligence,” then he cannot become humble. Just like… (aside:) Don’t come very near. Just like child is humble always because he knows that “I am completely helpless. Unless mother helps me, I am complete…” Therefore, whenever he’s in need of something, he cries, “Mother, help me.” This is helplessness. Helplessness. Always. Karpanye. This is one of the items of surrender. Unless you think yourself helpless, you cannot surrender. Surrender is complete when you think yourself that you are helpless. “I am helpless, but because I am surrendered to Krsna, He’ll save me.” This faith also must be there, that “Although I am helpless… Not although I am factually helpless but because I am surrendered to Krsna, I have no danger. He’ll help me, protect me.”]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk — June 11, 1974, Paris
balisesu dvisatsu ca
yah karoti sa madhyamah
A second-class devotee has the vision that some are envious of God, but this is not the vision of the best devotee. The best devotee sees, “Nobody is envious of God. Everyone is better than me.” Just like Caitanya-caritamrta’s author, Krsnadasa Kaviraja. He says, “I am lower than the worm in the stool.”
>>> Ref. VedaBase => PQPA 6: The Perfect Devotee
Srila Narottama dasa Thakura sings in his Prarthana (39):
toma vina ke dayalu jagat-samsare
patita-pavana-hetu tava avatara,
mo sama patita prabhu na paibe ara
“My dear Lord, please be merciful to me. Who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds? You appear as an incarnation just to reclaim the conditioned, fallen souls, but I assure You that You will not find a soul more fallen than me.”
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 8.38
[As servants of the Supreme Lord, all living entities are one, but a Vaisnava, because of his natural humility, addresses every other living entity as prabhu. A Vaisnava sees other servants to be so advanced that he has much to learn from them. Thus he accepts all other devotees of the Lord as prabhus, masters. Although everyone is a servant of the Lord, one Vaisnava servant, because of humility, sees another servant as his master. Understanding of the master begins from understanding of the spiritual master.]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.5.11
Please accept my humble obeisances and dandavats!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead!
I would like to propose the following passage is key to understanding how a devotee tries to claim to be the most fallen or lower than the worm in stool.
[As servants of the Supreme Lord, all living entities are one, but a Vaisnava, because of his natural humility, addresses every other living entity as prabhu. A Vaisnava sees other servants to be so advanced that he has much to learn from them. ]
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.5.11
This suggests that the devotee wants to learn from every soul how to serve Lord Sri Krsna.
Please keep me informed how I can do more to serve Krsna Katha.
Your humble servant for Krsna consciousness
(Lord Sri Krsna never leaves Vrndaban.)
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