• E-Counselor

        Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


        Your question is very pertinent. I have seen some instances, which I mention below:

        1) One top Fashion Designer in Kolkata once visited the temple. She was in great personal distress. She insisted that she be allowed to touch the deity's feet in the temple, so much that a devotee from temple management had to be called. 

        2) One enthusiastic mataji in Chennai temple had also heard about getting the dust of lotus feet of pure devotee. She would run behind HH Bhanu Swamy Maharaj and gather dust from where Maharaj stood and did guru puja arati. Once, one prabhuji stopped her. She showed her annoyance openly in the temple hall just before Bhagawatam class.

        My question to you is - does getting the dust of lotus feet depend on muscle power - the stronger one is, the closer one is to the pure devotee, the more mercy he will receive? If the temple had allowed the fashion designer to touch the deity form of the lord and take the dust, would that solve all her problems? Then doesnt it meant that the mercy is dependent on how important one is materially?

        There are 2 kinds of service one can render - vani and vapu. Vapu service is serving the body of the senior devotee, taking care of prasadam, or washing and ironing clothes, cleaning the room etc. Obviously, this is dependent on physical proximity, therefore everyone cannot have this kind of access. 

        The second is vani service - this means that to follow the teachings of the pure devotee. This can be done by everyone. In the incident mentioned above about the fashion designer, when the devotee from temple management was called, he offered to the mataji - you can touch the feet of the lord in the photo on the calendar on the wall. He then patiently tried to explain to her that by taking dust of lotus feet, it means following the teachings and instructions of the lord/ devotee. To follow, one has to know the teaching, apply it to one's life, basically use one's intelligence. That use of intelligence is taking the dust of the lotus feet to the head. Smearing the body with the dust is actually following the instructions - in mind, words and actions. 

        I hope I have been able to explain prabhuji. Please ask if there are further questions.


        Your servant,

        Radha Rasamayi DD

        • Volunteer

          Hare krsna,

          One need not go chasing for the dust of a vaishnavas feet. 

          I am not trying to show off but this is what I do..

          When I am in the temple and when ever I do dandvat, I place both my palms flat on the floor, and whatever dust gets collected, I smear it over my head.

          Coming to your question about Krsna being happy, Krsna will be pleased if He sees you rendering service with unflinching faith and without any expectation of reciprocation from Krsna himself or His devotees. Any action we do should be to please Him and not to gain any benefit or the expectation of reciprocation. When a devotee in such a mood, his/her sadhana is very pleasing to the Lord. Even chanting the Holy names should be done in the mood of servitude and not with the intent of completing the rounds.

          Hare krsna.

          • Thanks to IDT for providing some way the associations of devotees, these inputs from you devotees act as directions from Lord to continue on the lone path. Thank for your kind reply.

            -Jai Shri Krishna !! Jai Bhakt Prahlad ki Jai !!

        • Thanks for your mercy, taking your precious time to answer to that, so elaborately with examples. Now I understood the meaning, mataji. I shall endeavour as per these guidance so far from Lord.

          - Jai Shri Krishna !! Jai Bhakt Prahlad ki Jai !!

  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna prabhuji,


    There are 2 aspects to it - following the varnashram, doing your prescribed duty is what makes one a good citizen of the world. It gives us enough pious karma for next birth to be good and this birth problems to be minimised. 

    However, without devotion, association of devotees and rendering devotional service, one doesnt go to the next level, which is attempting to please the lord. One who follows the 4 regulative principles, chants 16 rounds everyday, follows his shiksha guru, strives to make progress in spiritual life, is sure to please the lord one day or the other. Following 4 regulative principles and chanting 16 rounds are the first steps in trying to please the lord, they are not mundane activities. 

    Who says lord is not pleased by our efforts to please Him in various ways, by austerities, by sadhana, by service to His servants, by rendering direct service to His arca vigraha. Of course these activities are pleasing to Him. 

    One of the ways in finding out whether one is making progress spiritually is - one's material hankering reduces, one's taste for spiritual activities increase. One becomes conscious of doing one's sadhana attentively and not as a ritual, one becomes conscious of not offending a vaishnava, one becomes more and more aware of sansara davanal - how this material world is full of problems and not the right place for us to be in. 

    Remembering BG shlokas is a way to remember the lord's instructions. The ideal is to remember the message in the shloka and apply it to one's life, merely remembering the sanskrit without application will only make one puffed up and result in weeds hindering spiritual development. Of course, if one acts as per BG shlokas, then isnt one following the direct instructions of the lord? Wont that be pleasing to the lord?


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

    • OK. I have got some information and instructions through this. Thanks a lot for your kind reply.

      - Jai Shri Krishna !! Jai Bhakt Prahlad ki Jai !!

  • Actually, very few people knows that Sri Krishna can not be pleased with  ones austerities, chanting different mantras, studying holy scriptures, executing its own duties according to varnashrama dharma, sacrifices, yoga practice or renunciation.

    Lord is pleased when one associate with His true devotees, therefore human beings should know that one can not appreciate or understand Him without pleasing Him. 

    Even if one is very fallen, one for sore will reach the goal of life just because of such association, on another side, even famous acariyas who perfectly follows all principles of religious life, will fail reaching the goal if they didn't have such association. 

    The behavior of His true devotees is often hard to understand because their external activities might have nothing to do with God. They are hidden jewels in human society rarely uncovered to public, but such rare souls can be clearly discovered by external body symptoms described in scriptures, which without fail appears  when they remembering the Lord. 

    • Ok. Thank you.

      So when He gets sufficiently pleased, hope this soul will also be thrown too into such association; till then let get deluded through maze of own mind ?!

      - Jai Shri Krishna !! Jai Bhakt Prahlad ki Jai !!  

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