The 26 qualifications of a devotee, by Srila Prabhupada


Hṛṣīkeśa: “Qualifications of devotee: 1) kind to everyone, 2) does not quarrel with anyone, 3) fixed in the Absolute Truth, 4) equal to everyone, 5) faultless, 6) charitable, 7) mild, 8) clean, 9) simple, 10) benevolent, 11) peaceful, 12) completely attached to Kṛṣṇa, 13) no material hankering, 14) meek, 15) steady, 16) self-controlled, 17) does not eat more than required, 18) sane, 19) respectful…” (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Not insane.

Hṛṣīkeśa: “…20) humble, 21) grave, 22) compassionate, 23) friendly, 24) poetic, 25) expert…”

Prabhupāda: Poetic.

Hṛṣīkeśa: “…25) expert, and 26) silent.”

Prabhupāda: These are the qualities.

Allen Ginsberg: Whose list is that? Is that an old list or have you made that up for young Americans?”

Prabhupāda: Yes. No, these are taken from authoritative śāstras. Yes. This is the test, whether you are becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious or not. You have to test yourself, whether you are developing these qualities. This is for testing.

Allen Ginsberg: I’m slowly developing all qualities except sanity. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Insanity for seeking Kṛṣṇa, that is required. Yes. Unless you become insane after Kṛṣṇa just like Lord Caitanya became… Yes. His worship is to become insane after Kṛṣṇa.




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