Sunday, August 2, 2015

Road to hell for a devotee

In Gita 16.4, Krishna explains pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance are demoniac qualities which take people to hell. And this disease does not just inflict materialists but devotees too can get victimised by it if they are not careful. A devotee may start thinking how many people are now my followers and among those how many are wealthy and have worthy position in the society. Once they accomplish their coveted goal and get position and power then slowly and steadily pride and arrogance creeps in. They soon start considering unworthy those seekers of truth who are sincere but do not have social standing and enough money which could bring fame to them.

The disease of being honoured and worshipped is there in each one of us and as long as this is not cured there is no hope of us coming in the good books of Krishna. In Gita 15.5, Krishna very clearly spells out the qualities which one should have to become eligible to be part of his spiritual kingdom. And these qualities are freedom from false prestige, illusion and false association.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu prays, “I do not want any number of followers” thus clearly instructing all spiritual seekers to search for truth and not followers.

When we take to spiritual life then the purpose should be to burn all our material disease and not aggravate it. So while practicing our devotional life we need to cautiously guard ourselves and continuously introspect to find out in which direction we are going – whether towards Krishna by living as per his instructions or away from him by bypassing his instructions. Choice is ours.


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