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Does good behavior rise above devotional action?


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One who sees and connects to God in nature, in things of the world can seem more godly in behaviour than those who know and worship Krishna in the temple at times. This seems to contradict Bhakti/Bhagavan process being superior. The proof of a process is shown in qualities practitioners develop.


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The Bhagavatam explains, ‘yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā, sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ’, that all good qualities of the demi-gods, are automatically manifest within the devotee. Even Caitanya-caritāmṛta says, ‘sarva mahā-guṇa-gaṇa vaiṣṇava-śarīre, kṛṣṇa-bhakte kṛṣṇera guṇa sakali sañcāre’, a Vaisnava is one who has developed all good transcendental qualities, all the good qualities of Krishna gradually develop in Krishna’s devotee. So, one thing we must bear in mind is that there’s different levels of devotees, there are practitioner devotees, there are intermediate devotees, there are advanced devotees and the more one is advancing as a bhakta, the more these qualities will naturally arise. So, the idea is that when we approach Krishna, who is the source of all love, the source of all goodness, the source of all saintly divine qualities, then naturally, by being in contact with such a person, one will develop those qualities. Therefore, even though other practitioners on other paths may seem to have these qualities, and they may well have elements of those qualities, and even sometimes what to speak of them, we even see that those who are non-devotees have many good qualities, yet the divine qualities will ultimately manifest in the devotee, number one, in the greatest degree, and two in way that it is never diminished or compromised with the passage of time. But obviously that requires a certain level of advancement on the part of the devotee.

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Thank you for response. But what's the rush as you said can some of us just go slow and steady? As whatever good is written in our path will come our way..."good qualities of Krishna gradually develop in Krishna’s devotee."

Please elaborate.


Please forgive me as I have just joined this forum. I am on the beginnings of my spiritual journey.

One of the things I have picked up along my short journey is to try to concentrate on more central ideas and concepts. One such example is trying to give in charity money to someone who can't feed themselves - this will satisfy them temporarily until the money runs out. 

In this temporary world no one can find satisfaction - there's always a need for more.

A devotee waters the roots of a tree rather than leaves.

Hare Krsna

@diliph Great answer!

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