A pure devotee always thinks himself as a non-devotee. If one thinks he is a big devotee that is not good. We should not be puffed up. A devotee avoids it, remaining always in the second degree. Krishna has given everyone something extraordinary and to serve Krishna with one’s extraordinary talent means successful life.
Although the mind may work imperfectly at the time of death, Krishna gives a devotee shelter at His lotus feet. Therefore, when a devotee gives up his body, the mind does not take him to another material body. Rather, Krishna takes the devotee to that place where He is engaged in His pastimes. One’s consciousness, therefore, must always be absorbed in Krishna, and then one’s life will be successful. Otherwise, the mind will carry the soul to another material body.
A devotee always accepts his distress as minimized by God’s mercy, though he might have to suffer many more times the suffering. Anyone who accepts this philosophy of God’s mercy in suffering conditions and still makes progress in Krishna Consciousness, He is sure to go Back Home Back to Godhead.
Krishna does not need our service, but He kindly accepts it. When Krishna asks us to surrender unto Him, this does not mean that Krishna is lacking servants and that if we surrender He will profit. Krishna can create millions of servants by His mere desire. If we surrender to Krishna, we shall be saved. As Krishna says ‘Aham Tvam Sarva Papebhyo Moksayisyami : I shall free you from all sinful reactions’.
The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, are to be understood as bona fide spiritual masters.
In the devotional service of the Lord, the only qualification required is surrender. Surrendering oneself is in one’s hand. If one likes, he can surrender immediately, without delay and that begins his spiritual life.
Srimad Bhagavatam begins with the surrender of the devotee unto the Absolute Person. The devotee is fully aware that he is one with the Absolute and at the same time he is in the eternal position of servant to the Absolute.
The living entity’s position is to be under the protection of the illusory energy or under Krishna’s personal protection. When a living entity is fully surrendered, he is under the direct protection of Krishna and Krishna gives him all intelligence by which he can advance in spiritual realization.
One should try to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead by fully surrendering at His lotus feet. If one engages for the service of the Lord whatever money one has honestly earned, that is spiritual service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the spiritual master and the Vaishnavas.
The revealed scriptures, like Manu-samhitha and similar others, are considered the standard books to be followed by human society. Thus, the leader’s teaching should be based on the principles of such standard saastras. One who desires to improve himself must follow the standard rules as they are practiced by the great teachers.