Importance of the Dust of the Lotus Feet of Great Devotees

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

The following sloka SB 5.12.12 says the importance of devotees & by getting their mercy nothing is impossible. So, by serving these great personalities we can achieve anything, especially in the path of devotional service, so service to the devotees is very important, no matter what category they belong to...the important thing is how we serve them.

rahūgaṇaitat tapasā na yāti
na cejyayā nirvapaṇād gṛhād vā
na cchandasā naiva jalāgni-sūryair
vinā mahat-pāda-rajo-’bhiṣekam

My dear King Rahūgaṇa, unless one has the opportunity to smear his entire body with the dust of the lotus feet of great devotees, one cannot realize the Absolute Truth. One cannot realize the Absolute Truth simply by observing celibacy [brahmacarya], strictly following the rules and regulations of householder life, leaving home as a vānaprastha, accepting sannyāsa, or undergoing severe penances in winter by keeping oneself submerged in water or surrounding oneself in summer by fire and the scorching heat of the sun. There are many other processes to understand the Absolute Truth, but the Absolute Truth is only revealed to one who has attained the mercy of a great devotee.

Thank you.
Your humble servant,
Sunder Gopal das
Auckland.

Moderator's Note: HG Sunder Gopal das is a very nice devotee. He has been serving in the ISKCON Dwaraka temple, along with HG Vaishnava seva das, taking care of the construction of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish temple and also organizing programs, serving as a personal servant of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Right now, he is serving in the ISKCON temple in Auckland, New Zealand.