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Jai ShreeKrushna!

 

Class 102: The fifth, sixth and seventh sets of qualities of an ideal devotee: He who neither rejoices nor hates, neither grieves nor desires, who has renounced good and evil, He who (behaves) alike to foe and friend, also to good and evil repute and who is alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment, he who holds equal blame and praise, who is silent (restrained in speech), content with anything (that comes), who has no fixed abode and is firm in mind, and he who with faith, holding God as their supreme aim, follows this immortal wisdom (chapter 12 verses 17 to 20) 
  • Shree Krushna says that a true devotee is one who does not rejoice when he gets something he likes, does not hate when he gets something he does not like, does not desire for a person or an object that ordinary people like and does not have an attachment towards something he has not yet got . This is because he has full faith in the arrangements of the Supreme Soul. An example of this given by Swami Ramsukhdas.
  • A study of the Isho Upanishad about how to have no delight, no hate, no desires and no grievances.
  • The sixth set of qualities of an ideal devotee: He who (behaves) alike to foe and friend, also to good and evil repute and who is alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, and who is free from attachment
  • The reason why a devotee can behave alike to foe and friend, also to good and evil repute and be alike in cold and heat, and also pleasure and pain is because she is free from attachment.
  • How to behave alike with foes and friends.
  • How to remain even minded in good reputation and bad reputation.
  • The seventh set of qualities of an ideal devotee: he who holds equal blame and praise, who is silent (restrained in speech), content with anything (that comes), who has no fixed abode and is firm in mind, and he who with faith, holding God as their supreme aim, follows this immortal wisdom.
  • How to hold even blame and praise, and why you cannot please everybody. The famous story of a father, a son and a donkey.
  • The importance of silence and why one can only be silent when they are constantly mananshil (reflecting and meditating). A true life story of the power that built up inside someone after he observed silence for eight days.
  • A story from the life of Janak (Sita's father) showing the importance of non-attachment.
  • The story of Sudama in the Shrimad Bhagavad about how to see worldly prosperity as prasād (oblations) from God.



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