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You should always think that you are nothing

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Prabhupada: Yes. You never think that you have become very stalwart, you do not need any spiritual master's instruction. Don't think that way. Then you are spoiled. You should always think that you are nothing. Even you are very much advanced. Just like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said that "My spiritual master saw Me a great fool [Cc. Adi 7.71]." You see? So we should remain always a fool. We should never think that we have advanced. Then we can advance. Then we can advance. And as soon as we think, "Oh, I have advanced now. Nobody has to instruct me. Now I shall…" That's not good.

 

Devotee: Wasn't that the case with Arjuna?

 

Prabhupada: Everyone. We should always be prepared to take instruction from the authorities. We should never think that we have become perfect. Although you are perfect. trinad api sunichena taror api sahishnuna. One should be very humble, meek, and always think that "I am nothing." Just like the author of Chaitanya-charitamrita, such a great, stalwart man, such a great devotee. Nobody has produced such literature as Chaitanya-charitamrita. He is presenting himself that "I am lighter than the worm in the stool." purishera kita haite muñi se laghishtha [Cc. Adi 5.205]. puris means stool and kiṭa means worm. So "I am lower than the worm in the stool. Anyone who takes my name, all his pious activities immediately becomes lost." In this way he is presenting himself. That does not mean that he's actually so, but that is the attitude of a devotee. He's always very meek and humble.

 

And the opposite side is, "I am God. Now finish all business." You see? So this maya is very strong. He's (She's) always enticing me, "Oh, you are so great, so big, so… You have nothing to learn. Finish all…" This is maya's instruction. But we should always be very humble, meek, and we should know always that "What I know? I do not know anything." The knowledge is unlimited. God is unlimited. And my position is very minute, fractional, infinitesimal. What I can accommodate? I shall go on. I shall go on. Remain. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. We shall always try to remain servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the… Hundred times servant. Then it will be all right. The more you become humble, meek, the more you advance. That is real advancement.

 Compiled by Damaghosa Dasa


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