Bhakti is Unconditional - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is transcription of instructive class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 7.28,

yeṣāṁ tv anta-gataṁ pāpaṁ janānāṁ puṇya-karmaṇām
te dvandva-moha-nirmuktā bhajante māṁ dṛḍha-vratāḥ

Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life and whose sinful actions are completely eradicated are freed from the dualities of delusion, and they engage themselves in My service with determination.

1. Bhakti is unconditional:  Always we have a doubt in our minds that, "who worships the Lord?"  Here again Krishna gives you two qualities. If you cultivate these two qualities then you get out of the duality of the material world. That is - happiness, distress, long, short, winning, losing. These are all the dualities. And we have to get out of these dualities. We should be equal anytime and every time. Whether we lose everything or what or whether we gain everything or what. It doesn't matter at all. That's why the devotional service of the Lord remains always same in whichever condition you are. This is worth understanding this point.

Devotional service means bhakti. Even if you lose everything and you are staying under the tree, even then you can carry on the devotional service. Or you may have a hut with you and you'll be able to carry on the devotional service. Or you may have a palace, you'll be able to carry on the devotional service. It doesn't matter at all what condition you are in. The same way you may be a child, you can do bhakti. You may be adult, youth you can do bhakti. You may be middle aged man, you can carry on the bhakti. You may be advanced aged man, you can carry on bhakti. If you have a completely dwindling body even then you can carry on the devotional service. Whether you are poor or rich, in whichever country you are in, maybe in India or Africa, Asian countries or Australia, New Zealand, Fiji or any other country on this planet you can carry on the devotional service. The devotional service doesn't require any material condition.

2. Bhakti transcends:  Because bhakti doesn't depend upon the material conditions it is known as transcendental. It transcends. You know the meaning of transcends? Transcends - We are driving on the road. Of course if you're driving on the road, you are controlled by the laws of the road. You have to keep to right, you cannot go to left and if you drive to the left you may have the accident or you’ll be punished while you're on the road. But have you seen anytime an aeroplane stopping near the red light? No, why? It transcends. That is the meaning of transcends. Bhakti transcends. It doesn't depend on any material condition, any material condition. And that's why Lord Hanuman sings a very nice verse in 5th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. It shows that bhakti doesn't depend on any of the material conditions. In any condition of life you can just chant. If you have  beads with you or even if you don't have, you have the fingers. You just start chanting

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

And you go on chanting. There is nothing needed. In any condition of life you can do it. 

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.