An Advanced Devotee Is Very Humble
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Devotee: "How Kṛṣṇa becomes attracted by the devotional service of His devotees is described by Nārada in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Seventh Canto, Tenth Chapter, thirty-seventh verse (SB 7.10.37). There Nārada addresses King Yudhiṣṭhira while the King is appreciating the glories of the character of Prahlāda Mahārāja. A devotee always appreciates the qualities of other devotees."

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is the sign of devotee: appreciation the activities of devotee. This appreciation means a devotee who is actually freed from all contamination, he does not find any fault with other devotee. That is the sign. He does not think himself that he is bigger devotee or greater devotee than others. He thinks himself as the lowest of all. As Caitanya... as Caitanya-caritāmṛta author, Kavirāja Gosvāmī says, purīṣera kīṭa haite muñi se lagiṣṭha (CC Adi 5.205): "I am lower than the insect within the stool." Jagāi-mādhāi haite se muñi pāpiṣṭha: "I am greater sinner than Jagāi and Mādhāi." Mora nāma yei laya tāra puṇya kṣaya (CC Adi 5.206): "Anyone who takes my name, immediately, all the result of his pious activities becomes vanquished." He's placing like that.

Because it is not imitation or any bluff. He's... any devotee who's actually advanced, he feels like that. Just like great scientist Sir Isaac Newton, he used to say that, "I have simply collected a few grains of sand in the ocean of knowledge." Yes. He used to say. And actually, that is the fact. Everything is unlimited. So nobody should be proud falsely that he has become a great devotee. Everyone should be very humble.

    tṛṇād api sunīcena
    taror api sahiṣṇunā
    amāninā mānadena
    kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ
    (CC Adi 17.31)

If one thinks that he has become very advanced in devotion, then that is very dangerous. Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, guru more mūrkha dekhi' karila śāsana (CC Adi 7.71): "My spiritual master saw Me a great fool. Therefore he has chastised Me that, 'Don't try to read the Vedānta. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.' " He presented Himself like that. Is Caitanya Mahāprabhu mūrkha (fool)? But that is the conception, advanced devotee. They never think that they are very highly advanced devotee. What is advanced devotee? What devotion we can offer to Kṛṣṇa? He's unlimited. He's kindly accepting our little service. That's all. Don't be proud of becoming a great devotee. That is the cause of falldown.

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Vrindavan, November 11, 1972)

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