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Giving up Desire for Name & Fame- HG RSP Speaks

The desire to be popular amongst devotees is a very nasty desire. We must be eager to do services and we should always come forward. We should hanker for the service but not for the popularity attached with that.


Another kind of false prestige is that we fear to accept post and position. For example- If we are requested to lead Mangala Arati, we should do that. If Guru tells us to leave the tree and live in the palace, then living under the tree will be disservice.


Srila Prabhupada felt that he is also one of ISKCON members. Once someone asked, “Srila Prabhupada, Are you ISKCON or are you different from ISKCON?” Srila Prabhupada said, “What are you asking? I am one of the ISKCON members.” He never thought I am the source of ISKCON”. 

We should give up the desire to be a hero or competitor of Krishna. For example, in Symphonic Music band – if drummer thinks “I am not being told to play and no one is looking at me” and suddenly if he starts beating the drums without the Director saying anything, then whole show is spoiled. Similarly as soon as a devotee wants name and fame, the problem begins. A devotee should know that I am also one of the devotees who are cooperating to serve Krishna. “I am one of them and I am insignificant”. We should be praising others services. Even in the spiritual world, they are always singing glories of others. 

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