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Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has written:

sakala chadiya bhai sraddhadevira guna gai
yanra krpa bhakti dite pare

"Giving up everything, let us sing in praise of Sraddha-devi -- faith -- whose grace can take us to Krishna."

Sraddha, faith, is the most subtle thing, and it is also the most tangible. It is not imaginary. We must realise that it is reality, it is concrete, and not merely an abstract sentiment of mere individual consciousness. Faith is universal as the most fundamental element that can connect us with the finest objective.

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:

We require specific articles to execute worship, such as incense, flowers, lamp, etc. Similarly, if we wish to realise the supersubjective plane, there are three specific necessities: pranipata, pariprasna, and seva. Without these three ingredients, our search will be imitative, unsubstantial and farcical.

Pranipata means 'to fall flat near the feet of the worshipable': "I have come to the end of all enterprise with my previous plane of life; I could find nothing there to fulfil my life's objectives. Finally, after 'completing my errands,' I have come here." This is the practical symptom of pranipata.

Pariprasna means 'sincere enquiry.' Honest and sincere enquiry is allowed. The spirit of such enquiry is, "I want to know how I can be utilised in any way. All the charm for living elsewhere is over. My sole inquiry is 'How can I be utilised here?' "

And seva, service, is the all-important factor. "I have come to serve and to be utilised for the cause of the subject about which I have enquired. I have not come to take anything from here. I have come only to serve, with no other motive."

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