Lord in the Heart of a Pure Devotee

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

SB 3.9.11
tvam bhakti-yoga-paribhaavita-hrt-saroja
asse srutekshita-patho nanu natha pumsam
yad-yad-dhiya ta urugaya vibhaavayanti
tat-tad-vapuh pranayase sad-anugrahaaya

O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through ears by the process of bonafide hearing, and thus their heart become cleansed, and you take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of You.

In the Purport, Srila Prabhupada says, "The Lord becomes subordinate to the desire of the devotee so much so that He manifests His particular form as the devotee demands".

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham - As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly - BG 4.11.

Srila Prabhupada proceeds further in his marvellous purport, "Śrutekṣita path means to hear from bonafide devotees who are conversant with Vedic wisdom free from mundane sentiment. By this bonafide hearing process the devotee becomes cleansed of all material rubbish and attached to one of the many transcendental forms of the Lord. Attachment of the devotee to a particular form of the Lord is due to natural inclination. Lord Chaitanya says that the living entity is eternally a servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The attachment for a 'particular form' of the Lord is called, "Svarūpa-siddhi".The Lord sits on the lotus heart of the devotee in the eternal form the pure devotee desires, and thus the Lord does not part from the devotee."

One of the quality of a devotee is 'satatam yogi' or 'always a yogi'. The word 'yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' which means to join, to unite. A person who practices yoga is called yogi. A devotee is one who constantly endeavors to link back to the Supreme Lord. Our constant preoccupation in life is to entertain ourselves through the pleasures of the body, attachments of the mind and enchantments of the intellects. He who understands that this is not the end all and be all of life and strives to gain his identity with his own self is a yogi.

Our activities must be so transcendentally saturated that the Lord will be kind enough to look upon us favorably and engage us in His transcendental service, then only can the sense be satisfied completely and be no longer troubled by material attraction.

'Kalyana-kalpataru' states: "A self-realized person, having no material assets, knows that attachment to Krishna is the essence of life. Therefore, he gives up the desire for material enjoyment and liberation. He maintains his family in a simple way and constantly serves Hari through his eternal spiritual body. Such a person abandons pride of his beauty, high birth, and physical strength, and always engages in devotional service."

Your humble servant,
Prabhupadananda das
Abu Dhabi.