The Attitude of A Devotee

The Attitude of A Devotee

One’s attitude is very important in Krsna consciousness, as stated in the preface of the Nectar of Instruction: “Advancement in Krsna consciousness depends on the attitude of the follower.”

(1) This attitude is described in various ways, one of which is the attitude of renunciation, by which one is given a chance to advance to the platform of devotional service.

(2) and also the attitude of a devotee, who does not seek shelter in the fruits of his activities but acts as a matter of duty because he has been ordered to do so by the Supreme Lord.

(1) “Those who work without fruitive results are also perfect in their attitude. They are given a chance to advance to the platform of devotional service in Krsna consciousness.”

–Bg. 13.25 Purport

(2) “The transcendental attitude of the devotee in the performance of activities is actually that of renunciation, and this is called sannyasa. As stated in the first verse of the Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, one who acts as a matter of duty because he has been ordered to do so by the Supreme Lord, and who does not seek shelter in the fruits of his activities

(anasritah karma-phalam), is a true renouncer. Anyone acting under the direction of the Supreme Lord is actually a sannyasi and a yogi, and not the man who has simply taken the dress of the sannyasi, or a pseudo yogi.”

–Bg.10.3 Purport

The devotees’ attitude is that he believes in everything that Krsna says, not that he only accepts those things that tally to his imagination.

(1) “Only the devotee, or he who is in personal touch with the Supreme Lord, enters into the Vaikuntha planets or the Goloka Vrndavana planet. 

The Lord further adds that of this “there is no doubt.” This must be believed firmly. We should not reject that which does not tally with our imagination; our attitude should be that of Arjuna: “I believe everything that You have said.” Therefore when the Lord says that at the time of death whoever thinks of Him as Brahman or Paramatma or as the Personality of Godhead certainly enters into the spiritual sky, there is no doubt about it. There is no question of disbelieving it.” –Bg. Introduction.

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