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Knowledge-free Devotion


Ramananda then suggested the beginning of pure devotional service unconcerned with empiric knowledge or fruitive activity. To support this suggestion, Ramananda quoted a statement of Brahma during his prayer of regret before Shri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead:


jnane prayasam udapasya namanta eva

jivanti san-mukharitam bhavadiya-vartam

stane stitah shruti-gatam tanu-van-manobhir

ye prayasho ‘jita jito ‘py asi tais tri-lokyam

 “O my Lord, those devotees who completely give up the attempt to become one with You by the culture of empiric knowledge and simply try to hear about Your glories from the mouths of self-realized saints, and who live a virtuous life, can easily achieve Your favor although You are unconquerable by anyone within the three worlds.”(Bhag. 10.14.3)

This stage of culturing devotional service directly was accepted by Lord Chaitanya. All the previously described stages of the culture of spiritual realization were rejected by Lord Chaitanya most logically. The Lord, however, accepted the universal method of hearing the glories of the Personality of Godhead in all circumstances from the mouths of self-realized souls and giving up the attempt to become one with Godhead.

The poison of attempting to become one with Godhead kills the nucleus of devotional service. Anyone actually desiring to be engaged in the transcendental loving service of Godhead must definitely give up this idea for good. In the Chaitanya-caritamrita, it is said that the idea of being one with Godhead is the topmost type of pretension, and even a slight development of this idea will completely eliminate the prospect for devotional service. This is the most dangerous misconception in spiritual life and one should at once give up the idea.