The culmination of spiritual practice in Krishna Conciousness is to attain prema

The treasure of prema is the Name of Sri Bhagavan itself, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra which is consisted of 16 Names and 32 syllables. The person who considers himself lower than the grass and tolerant than the tree and gives respects to others while without caring for personal honor that very person takes interest in chanting this mantra. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur again reminded us the path of obtaining prema as instructed by Sriman Mahaprabhu by quoting these beautiful metrical texts:

O Swarupa Damodara Goswami! O Ramananda Ray! Hear the verse giving  the definition of how one should chant the Holy Name to obtain pure love.

Even though the devotee is very much exalted he considers himself lower than the straw in the street. We must practice two types of tolerance like a tree.

A tree even on being cut does not protest and even when dried up does not request for water.

Further, it gives whatever it has on request. The tree tolerates the heat and cold with fortitude but is able to rescue others.

The Vaishnava though of high stature is without any false ego;  he gives respect to all living beings knowing the lord is present in each and every living entity.

From: SADHANA SAMPAD

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