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CC Madhya 19.203

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 203

‘kevalā’ra śuddha-prema ‘aiśvarya’ nā jāne
aiśvarya dekhileo nija-sambandha se māne


kevalāra—of unmixed attraction for Kṛṣṇa; śuddha-prema—unalloyed love; aiśvarya—opulence; nā jāne—does not know; aiśvarya—opulence; dekhileo—in spite of experiencing; nija-sambandha—one’s own relationship with Kṛṣṇa; se māne—he takes very seriously.


“In the stage of kevalā [unalloyed devotion] a devotee does not consider the unlimited opulence of Kṛṣṇa, even though he experiences it. He takes seriously only his own relationship with Kṛṣṇa.


When a devotee reaches the stage of pure, unalloyed devotion, especially in friendship with Kṛṣṇa, he forgets the Lord’s opulences, although he sees them, and he considers himself equal to Kṛṣṇa. There is no question of actually comparing oneself to Kṛṣṇa, but because the devotee is so advanced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he is able to behave with Kṛṣṇa as he would with an ordinary man.