Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis!
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Srimad Bhagavatam informs one that the highest occupation of mankind - "sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo" is to render loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord "yato bhaktir adhokṣaje" (1.2.6). Such devotional service must have only two qualities - "ahaituky - unmotivated and "apratihatā" - uninterrupted - the end result of such devotional service is "yayātmā suprasīdati" - it will then only completely satisfy the self.
How do we know whether our bhakti is without motivation? How do we make our bhakti uninterrupted? Srila Prabhupada in the purport of 6.16.34 gives us the answer: "Pure devotees are described as sama-mati, which means that they never deviate from devotional service under any circumstances. It is not that devotees worship the Supreme Lord only when happy; they worship Him even when in distress. Happiness and distress do not hamper the process of devotional service. Therefore Srimad Bhagavatam says that devotional service is ahaituky apratihatā, unmotivated and uninterrupted. When a devotee offers devotional service to the Lord without any motive (anyabhilasita-sunyam), his service cannot be hampered by any material condition (apratihatā). Thus a devotee who offers service in all conditions of life can conquer the Supreme Personality of Godhead." It is so clearly stated by Srila Prabhupada - that when one' s devotional service meets with obstacles and interruptions, and in that process in hampered, it is a sign that the devotional service is motivated.The is the wonderful relationship between the two limbs of pure devotional service, and it can easily be used to test one's bhakti in our daily lives.
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