Crookednes​s in Devotional Service-by Srila Jiva Goswami

December 28, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa


Crookedness in  Devotional Service by Srila Jiva  Goswami

— Bhakti-Sandarbha, anucchedas 153 and 154. Adapted from the English  translation of Satya Narayan Das. Jiva Institute.  Vrindavan. 2005. Sanskrit text taken from Gaudiya Grantha  Mandira.

Due to  the presence of many offenses, the Lord does not accept service from the  crooked, even if they offer him many valuable items. This was seen when  Krishna went to the capital of Duryodhan as a messenger on behalf of the  Pandavas. Although Duryodhan tried to win Krishna over with a royal reception  and great opulence, Krishna rejected Duryodhana’s hospitality because of Duryodhana’s  offensive attitude towards Krishna’s devotees. At present, there are many  people who make a show of devotion and who, in spite of having studied the  scriptures, maintain an offensive mentality which causes them to disrespect the  Lord, the spiritual master, and other devotees. The external worship offered by  such persons is nothing but crookedness.

Therefore, sästra describes that even foolish  people who are nonetheless free from crookedness attain perfection even by a  semblance of bhakti, whereas he crooked cannot even practice  bhakti. This is eidenced in a statement by the great sage  Parashar from the Skanda-Puräna: na hy apuëyavatäà loke müòhänäà  kuöilätmanäm bhaktir bhavati govinde kértanaà smaraëaà tathä In this  world, impious, foolish and crooked people do not attain devotion to Lord  Govinda, and they cannot chant about or remember the Lord. In consideration of  this, the Viñëu-dharma states: satyaà çatena vighnänäà sahasreëa tathä  tapaù vighnäyutena govinde nèëäà bhaktir niväryate The attempt of such  crooked people to become truthful is obstructed by a hundred  impediments, whereas their attempts to perform penances is obstructed by a  thousand and their attempts to perform loving devotional service to Lord Govinda  is obstructed by ten thousand impediments. Therefore, Sri Suta-Goswami says  in Srimad Bhägavatam (3.19.36): taà sukhärädhyam åjubhir ananya-çaraëair  nåbhiù kåtajïaù ko na seveta durärädhyam  asädhubhiù

                              What grateful soul is there who would not render loving service to  such a great master as the Personality of Godhead?  The Lord can be easily pleased by spotless devotees who resort exclusively to  him for protection, though the unrighteous man finds it difficult to propitiate  him.

Similarly,  the devotees of the Lord also bless those who are simple-hearted yet ignorant,  but not those who are learned yet crooked, as the sage  Sri Chamas told King Nimi in Çrémad Bhägavatam (11.5.4-5): düre hari-kathäù  kecid düre cäcyuta-kértanäù striyaù çüdrädayaç caiva te ’nukampyä  bhavädåçäm vipro räjanya-vaiçyau vä hareù präptäù padäntikam çrautena  janmanäthäpi muhyanty ämnäya-vädinaù

There are many persons who have little opportunity to  take part in discussions about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, and  thus it is difficult for them  to  chant his infallible glories. Persons such as women, südras, and other fallen  classes always deserve the mercy of great personalities like yourself. On the  other hand, brahmins, members of the royal order, and vaisyas, even after being  allowed to approach the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord by receiving the second  birth of Vedic initiation, can become bewildered and adopt various  materialistic philosophies. In the first of these two verses, the sage  Chamas declares that out of the various divisions of human beings, those who  are ignorant should be favored by devotees like King Nimi. But by the second  verse, he intends to say that those who are proud of petty knowledge are  incurable and should thus be avoided. ·



And  within Srila Prabhupadas purports there are numerous warnings and teachings

for the  aspiring Transcendentalists of who he or she should and should  not

associate  with. Please consider the following purport and verse….


SB 3.29.17  P  Explanation of Devotional Service by Lord Kapila … Friendship should be cemented between persons  with mutual interests and understanding. Such persons are said to  be sva jati, “of the same caste.” The devotee should avoid a person whose character is not fixed in the standard  understanding; even though he may be a Vaisnava, or a  devotee of Krsna, if his character is not correctly  representative, then he should be avoided. One should steadily control the senses and the mind  and strictly follow the rules and regulations, and he should make  friendship with persons of the same  standard.


SB  1.2.17   Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the  Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the  truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart  of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are  in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.


Hare  Krsna

Damaghosa das