śrī śrī guru gaurāṅga jayataḥ!

Rays of The Harmonist On-Line Edition

Year 12, Issue 12
Posted: 14 Janurary 2020

Dedicated to
nitya-līlā praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda

Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Inspired by and under the guidance of

Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja

The Beautiful Feet of God

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda


All persons are accustomed to worship the beautiful feet of God. But the conception that God is to supply our comforts and conveniences in exchange for worship is worthy of a shop-keeper. Contemplating which things we shall receive in exchange for our worship is not the way devotees of God think. If one seeks to worship like a shop-keeper, one will never understand the nature of service to Kṛṣṇa. 

God is full of the highest well-being. To pray to God for the gratification of one’s senses instead of the highest good shows one’s lack of good judgement. It is the duty of all persons to follow the line of thought that seeks to discover how Kṛṣṇa is to be served.

We do not find God in this world. The devotees, who serve God, show themselves to us out of mercy. We should follow their conduct and teaching. It is the only path to our well-being. 

Due to our meagre education and shallow experience, for most of us, the ideas and ways of thinking that the devotees of God express appear to be symptomatic of an unpleasant ‘slave mentality’. Let us not indulge in such profane ravings, brought about by the urge for mental liberation. On the contrary, our line of thought should be, “Let those who are severly critical make false and defamatory statements about us to their heart’s content. We will not mind them. Let us roll in the dust and forget everything in an intoxicating ecstasy, having excessively drunk the strong and tasty wine of love for Lord Hari.”

Adapted from The Gaudiya, Year 20, Number 4

by the Rays of The Harmonist team


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