THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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There Is No Material Impediment
(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Gaura Kisora das Babaji's bhajan kutir, Navadvipa)

"Devotional service does not depend on material assessment. It is said in Srimad-Bhagavatam, "ahaituki apratihata". Devotional service must be without any material ambition and there is no material impediment which can check advancement in devotional service. Srila Gaura Kisora das Babaji was unable to sign his name, and yet he became the spiritual master of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, the most erudite learned scholar of His time. We should begin our devotional service in whichever position we are. It isn't that we have to learn something extra for advancing in devotional service.

sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaja
ahaituky apratihata yayatma suprasidati
(SB 1.2.6)

vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah
janyayaty asu vairagyam jnanam ca yad ahaitukam
(SB 1.2.7)

If one is materially well equipped it is welcome but devotional service does not depend on material qualifications."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 20, 1976)

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