Most Important Process of Devotional Service

Of the nine processes of devotional service, the most important is to always chant the holy name of the Lord. If one does so, avoiding the ten kinds of offenses, one very easily obtained the most valuable love of Godhead.
Chaitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 4.71

Giving up Sense Gratification

A devotee doing sense gratification out of material conditionings, if keeps on listening to pure devotees, soon becomes disgusted of sense gratification and gives it up, and so attains the pure devotion to krishna.

Bhakti

Bhakti is an effort that produces bliss and work is that effort which produces exhaustion.

Uttama Bhakti

One may require 8 hours of sleep but he/ she is still doing uttama bhakti if the remaining 16 hours are spent serving Lord Krishna favorably.

Protect Yourself First

In the commercial airlines, at takeoff the flight attendants instruct passengers in the use of oxygen masks, reminding them to secure their own masks before assisting others. In the same way, to be effective spiritual warriors we must protect ourselves first. Otherwise we are of no use to anyone. The greatest protection of all comes from our unconditional, unmotivated, uninterrupted devotional service. Such service opens us up to a flow of divine love and protection in all circumstances.

Reference: Spiritual Warrior III: Solace for the Heart in Difficult Times, Chapter 8 – How To Strengthen Ourselves

Being Attracted to Krishna

When our hearts are softened by being purified by devotional service, we will be naturally attracted to Krishna.

Lecture on "Great devotees exhibited ecstasy but we shouldn't" – Salem – Nov'06

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