Hearing From The Mouth Of A Pure Devotee

January 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Eleven times in a single verse, SB 4.20.25, it is said that

initiation occurs by “hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE”.

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SB 4.20.25

1.the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees

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2.the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your pure devotee.

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3.one has to hear glorification of the Lord from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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4.The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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5.This awakening voice comes through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE. .

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6. Although when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky, the voice is spiritually very powerful because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord.

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7. As soon as a sleeping living entity hears the powerful voice

emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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8. For a conditioned soul, therefore, it is very important

to hear from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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9. The process of hearing from A PURE DEVOTEE

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10. but if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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11. Therefore, this process of hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/4/20/25

“hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE”.

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SB 4.20.25

1. from the mouths of GREAT DEVOTEES

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2. from the mouth of Your PURE DEVOTEE.

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3. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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4. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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5. through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE. .

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6. when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks …the voice is spiritually very powerful

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7. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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8. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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9. from A PURE DEVOTEE

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10. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

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11. from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

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SB 4.20.25-Translation

My dear Lord, You are glorified by the selected verses uttered by great personalities.

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Such glorification of Your lotus feet is just like saffron particles.

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When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet, the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You.

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Devotees thus gradually come to the right conclusion about the value of life.

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My dear Lord, I therefore do not need any other benediction but the opportunity to hear from the mouth of Your PURE DEVOTEE.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

It is explained in the previous verse that

one has to hear glorification of the Lord from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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This is further explained here.

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The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE is so powerful that

it can REVIVE the living entity’s memory of

his eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

In our material existence,under the influence of illusory māyā,

we have almost forgotten our eternal relationship with the Lord,

exactly like a man sleeping very deeply who forgets his duties.

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In the Vedas it is said that

every one of us is sleeping under the influence of māyā.

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We must get up from this slumber and engage in the right service,

for thus we can properly utilize the facility of this human form of life.

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As expressed in a song by Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda,

Lord Caitanya says, jīva jāga, jīva jāga.

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The Lord asks every sleeping living entity to get up and engage in devotional service so that his mission in this human form of life may be fulfilled.

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This awakening voice comes through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

A PURE DEVOTEE always engages in the service of the Lord, taking shelter of His lotus feet, and therefore he has a direct connection with the saffron mercy-particles that are strewn over the lotus feet of the Lord.

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Although when A PURE DEVOTEE speaks

the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky,

the voice is spiritually very powerful

because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord.

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As soon as a sleeping living entity hears

the powerful voice emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

he immediately remembers his eternal relationship with the Lord,

although up until that moment he had forgotten everything.

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For a conditioned soul, therefore, it is very important

to hear from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

who is fully surrendered to the lotus feet of the Lord

without any material desire, speculative knowledge

or contamination of the modes of material nature.

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SB 4.20.25-Purport

Every one of us is kuyogī because

we have engaged in the service of this material world,

FORGETTING our eternal relationship with the Lord as His eternal loving servants.

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It is our duty to rise

from the kuyoga platform to become suyogīs, perfect mystics.

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The process of hearing from A PURE DEVOTEE

is recommended in all Vedic scriptures,

especially by Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

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One may stay in his position of life—it does not matter what it is—

but if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

he gradually comes to the understanding of

his relationship with the Lord and thus engages in His loving service,

and his life becomes completely perfect.

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Therefore, this process of

hearing from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE

is very important for making progress in the line of spiritual understanding.

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Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/4/20/25

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Note-This is initiation.

(1) CAUSE- (2) EFFECT RELATIONSHIP

“(1)When the transcendental vibration from the mouths of great devotees

carries the aroma of the saffron dust of Your lotus feet,

(2)the forgetful living entity gradually remembers his eternal relationship with You.”

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“(1)The transcendental vibration from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE is so powerful that

(2)it can REVIVE the living entity’s memory

of his eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”.

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“(2)This awakening voice comes (1) through the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE.”

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“(1) As soon as a sleeping living entity hears

the powerful voice emanating from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

(2) he immediately remembers his eternal relationship with the Lord,

although up until that moment he had forgotten everything.”

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“(1) if one hears from the mouth of A PURE DEVOTEE,

(2) he gradually comes to the understanding of

his relationship with the Lord and thus engages in His loving service,

and his life becomes completely perfect.”

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NOTE- But who is a pure devotee?.

“A PURE DEVOTEE,

who is fully surrendered to the lotus feet of the Lord

without any material desire, speculative knowledge

or contamination of the modes of material nature.”

(SB 4.20.25-Purport)

By,

Caitanya Priya Das