Accept but don’t expect respect (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 17, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13, Text 08

We may sometimes wonder, “How can I stay humble amidst the devotional culture of respectfulness? If nobody would notice me, it would be easier to be humble. But when others address me with respectful honorifics like ‘Prabhu’ or ‘Mataji’, offer obesiances and sometimes even glorify me, how can I possibly stay humble?”

By accepting but not expecting respect, answers Gita wisdom. This attitude is indicated in the precise word for humility used by the Bhagavad-gita (13.8: amaanitvam), which Srila Prabhupada insightfully explains as to “not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others.”

To free us from being anxious for respect, Krishna consciousness helps us see all living beings as the beloved children of Krishna. We see all devotees as his especially beloved children, for they have voluntarily chosen to live according to his will. This vision underlies the devotional culture of respectfulness.

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