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What Should Be One's Attitude Towards Hearing In Association Of Devotees- HG RSP Speaks

Association of Devotees means associating with hearing and chanting, because that’s what Devotees offer us. When we hear and chant, we associate with Krishna. In this way associating with Devotees means associating with Krishna. When we associate with name, form, pastimes of Krishna, then our attraction for Krishna, associating with Krishna, surrendering to Krishna increases. This is purpose of association. Association should kindle us in such manner that we should want to go to Spiritual World…, we shouldn’t want stay in Material World.

When association takes place with Devotees?...... We can be official attendees of class, we may be physically present and mentally absent, we may not have respect for speaker… etc, All these things will not allow us to hear. First 8 verses of Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1 speak about only one thing- they talk about submissiveness in hearing. Because if somebody wants to hear for sake of information, he will not benefit much. How should one hear lecture??

We should hear with

1. Respect

2. Appreciation

3. Gratitude

4. Affection for speaker.

If we criticize Devotees, result is that it creates disturbance in heart which stops us attentively hearing the message of Srimad Bhagavatam and hearing the holy names. If we are committing offenses, message will not sink the heart. When message touches the heart, then we have heard the lecture. Then we can say that we took association.

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