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Who is a devotee and who is a non-devotee?  



Prabhupada says who ever chants Krishna's name is a devotee, yet he warns us of the non-devotees and explains we should not associate with them. Could you please explain why is Prabhupada cautioning us against this and who he refers to as a "non-devotee"? How can one know who is a devotee and non-devotee as we are impure ourselves?

This topic was modified 5 months ago by Harika_
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  • Hare Krishna Harika Mataji. From studying the Bhagavad-Gita I believe that anyone who has committed themselves to serving Krishna is to be considered a devotee as long as they are endeavouring with devotional spirit. In the Bhagavad-Gita As it is, we can derive that there are devotee's who are at different levels of surrender. One who is fully surrendered is called a pure devotee. One may have committed themselves to the service of Krishna and even though they have done this they may struggle to chant and follow the four regulative principles of devotional service. In this case we should only associate with these devotee's in a devotional circumstance. It is impossible to gauge an individual's spiritual stature based on what we can perceive externally. Therefore I believe it is best to orientate our life towards serving with devotee's and associating with non-devotees only when it is necessary. I hope this answer was useful for you. Haribol.

@bhakta-david Thank you for your wonderful sharing. 

Hare Krishna.

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