The necessity of sincerity.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Imitation should always be avoided. We must be sincere. Without sincerity, everything is bogus. Sincerity must be there, whatever.

sarala hale gorara siksa bujhiya la-ibe
(Sri Prema-vivarta: 8.3)

“When you are sincere, you will understand Gora’s teachings.”

yadi bhajibe gora sarala kara nija mana
(Sri Prema-vivarta: 8.2)

[“If you want to serve Gora, make your heart sincere.”]

Be simple, be unassuming, be sincere. Otherwise, everything will be bogus. If you imitate that you are a sadhu, it is gone. Don’t try to imitate, to copy, but really try to be so. Don’t try to copy the external movements of a sadhu, but the inherent thing, the inner thing, try to hit that. Try to acquire the innermost thing. Try to enter into the heart of a Vaisnava and not his figure nor dress. It is difficult, of course, to enter into the heart of a Vaisnava because there is the Temple of the Lord. Still, try to connect and get even a spec, a drop, of the nectar that is within the heart of the Vaisnava, that rasa, a drop of that rasa, is of the highest quality and divinity.


Spoken on 31 August 1981.


Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.
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