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Disciple Characteristics

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-10-23 23:16:00
Q. by Bhakta Igor:

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Dear Gurudeva, all glories to you!
All glories to Nityananda and Gauranga Naam!

I realized that I am kali chela and that I do not have any characteristics of genuine devotee or disciple. Please, could you kindly write about basic characteristics of disciple and how to develop them? What are most common mistakes that neophyte devotees are making? How to avoid them? Thank you.

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! All the divine characteristics of a disciple or a devotee are gradually developed by very steady and regular Naam Bhajana, hearing of Gaura Krishna Katha and worshiping of Tulasi plant daily. The main devotional virtues are humility, patience and enthusiasm as explained by Shrila Rupa Goswami.

The most common mistakes which restrict the flow of Bhakti are critical-mindedness of other devotees, wrong association in life, excessive indulgence in sense-gratification and anything which prevents us from gradually increasing the quality and quantity of our Naam Bhajana.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

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