Definition of Pure Devotional Service
be counted as pure devotional service. Pure devotional service should be free from the desire for any through volumes of word jugglery and speculation. Pure devotional service must always be free from such fruitive activities and philosophical speculations. One has to learn Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or pure devotional service, from the authorities by spontaneous loving service.
take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness for fulfilling some material desire. That is not pure devotion. That is adulterated. That is also devotion, but it is adulterated. Pure devotion means without any material desire. We serve Kṛṣṇa not for any benefit, material or spiritual. That is pure devotion.
Therefore pure devotion is,
This is pure devotion.
CC Ādi 4.21-22
In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta three kinds of devotional service are described — namely, bhakti (ordinary devotional service), śuddha-bhakti (pure devotional service) and viddha-bhakti (mixed devotional service).
Therefore pure devotion means anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam [Brs. 1.1.11]. Pure devotion means one should be freed from all material desires, even from the desire of being elevated to the heavenly planet or Brahmaloka, Satyaloka—that is karma—or to try to understand, just like the philosophists, they do. By speculation, by philosophical speculation, they try to understand what is are not pure devotion. They are karma-kāṇḍa, jñāna-kāṇḍa.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Pure..., pure devotion means śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam. [break]
Room Conversation with three Trappist Monks
Prabhupāda: No, it is not wrong, but it is not pure devotion.
make progress in spite of checking, that is pure devotion. Ahaituky apratihatā yenātmā suprasīdati [SB 1.2.6]. And that is pure devotion. I was attacked by heart attack thrice. While on the ship, twice.
Initiation Lecture [partially recorded]
. This is not pure devotion. You should all understand this. Anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyam [Cc. Madhya 19.167 ]. Completely freed from any material desire. That is pure devotion. That will make you happy.
The Nectar of Devotion
Pradyumna: [reading] "4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved. 5) Those in pure devotional service..."
The Nectar of Devotion
śūnyam, śūnyavādi; our attempt should be to make our desires śūnyam. Simply we be engaged in the service of the Lord. That is pure devotion.
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