Srila Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Riga, Latvia, 2004
Symptoms Of An
persons always think that life is wasted unless they worship
Lord Krishna or become His devotee. Srila Rupa Gosvami also
says that when one becomes an advanced devotee, he
understands that he should be reserved and perseverant (kṣāntiḥ)
and that he should engage in the service of the Lord and not
waste time (avyartha-kālatvam). He should also be detached
from all material attraction (viraktiḥ), and he should not
long for any material respect in return for his activities (māna-śūnyatā).
He should be certain that Krishna will bestow His mercy upon
him (āśā-bandhaḥ), and he should always be very eager to
serve the Lord faithfully (samutkaṇṭhā). The wise man is
always very eager to glorify the Lord by chanting and
hearing (nāma-gāne sadā ruciḥ), and he is always eager to
describe the transcendental qualities of the Lord (āsaktis
tad-guṇākhyāne). He should also be attracted to those
places where the Lord had His pastimes (prītis tad-vasati-sthale).
These are symptoms of an advanced devotee.
Purport by His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: Srimad