Qualities of a ‘True Devotee’

Q. What are the qualities of a true devotee?
– Ritu Chandra

A. A true devotee of the Supreme Lord is para-dukha-dukhi, very much aggrieved to see others suffer. He is also humble, truthful, equal to everyone, faultless, mild, magnanimous, and clean; he is without material possessions, he performs welfare work for everyone, and he is peaceful, surrendered to the Supreme Lord, devoid of selfish desires and indifferent to material acquisitions; he is fixed in devotional service to the Lord, he completely controls the six bad qualities (lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness, and envy), eats only as much as required, and is sane; he is respectful, grave, compassionate, friendly, poetic, expert, and devoid of false prestige; and he speaks only of Krishna and devotional service to Him.

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