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92 -Not Expecting Respect from Others


1. How can one become amdni, or free from the desire to be offered respect?


One should not consider proudly, "I am a brahmana, rich, a learned scholar in the scriptures, a Vaisnava, or a sannydsi." Even if others offer me respect, I will not proudly expect respect from them, nor will I desire others' adoration. I will think myself a poor, fallen, wretched person, lower than the straw in the street. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 8)


2. How should a person who chants Krsna's names become humble?


I will give up false ego and consider myself lower than a straw in the street, a fallen and insignificant beggar. (Siksastaka 3)


3. How can one make himself amani?


One can make oneself amdni by thinking oneself a fallen soul and offering respect to others. (Sri Manah-Siksa 10) 


4. What should an embodied soul think of himself?


This material body is simply a prison house. The spirit soul has a temporary relationship with the body. Therefore, as long as one is destined to live in it, he should consider himself lower than the straw in the street. (Tattva-sutra 23)


5. Is it not proper for a conditioned soul to become humbler than a blade of grass?


To become humbler than a blade of grass is not unjustified, because for a conditioned soul to take shelter of false identification is certainly improper. This is the actual meaning of being humbler than a blade of grass. (Siksastaka 3)


6. What is the purport of the word "amanina"?


The word amdnind means to become free from false pride. The conditioned soul's pride in his opulence, beauty, high birth, social status, bodily strength, influence, and fame, which are all related to his gross or subtle bodies, is false. These things contradict the living entity's constitutional propensities. To give up pride in such things frees us from false ego. Only one who is free from false ego and who is endowed with transcendental qualities like forgiveness can always chant the holy name. Whether one lives at home or in the forest, he should give up the false egotism of being a brahmana or sannyasi and should simply chant Krsna's holy names without deviation. (Siksastaka 3)