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I cherish to follow incessantly that rare soul, given to quietness and composure, who is non-expectant, who bears no enmity towards any one, and who preserves the lofty equal vision towards all, so that I may be purified by the dust of his feet.

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38 - निरपेक्षं

The Qualities of a Real Devotee

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निरपेक्षं मुनिं शान्तं निर्वैरं समदर्शनम् ।
अनुव्रजाम्यहं नित्यं पूययेत्यङ्घ्रिरेणुभिः ।।
- श्रीमद् भागवतम् ११.१४.१६
nirapekṣaṁ muniṁ śāntaṁ nirvairaṁ sama-darśanam |
anuvrajāmyahaṁ nityaṁ pūyeyetyaṅghrireṇubhiḥ ||
- Śrīmad bhāgavatam 11.14.16
Translation:

I cherish to follow incessantly that rare soul, given to quietness and composure, who is non-expectant, who bears no enmity towards any one, and who preserves the lofty equal vision towards all, so that I may be purified by the dust of his feet.

Points for Introspection:

When a devotee develops supreme devotion towards God, he realizes God within his own heart. He gets freed from attraction towards worldly enjoyments. He not only realizes God within, but also finds God everywhere and in everything. His delight is then only in constant communion with God.

For such a devotee, all the worldly-desires fall off. He wants nothing other than to serve God by being an instrument of God in all activities.

Desires alone make the mind restless and agitated. When a devotee desires nothing, his mind becomes calm and tranquil. Such a devotee develops equal vision towards every being, and consequently has no enemy at all. Because his mind has no agitation, his whole being becomes very pure. He considers God to be the Supreme in his life and offers his whole being at the feet of the Lord.

This shloka is one from the last message of Sri Krishna to Uddhava, his friend and disciple. Sri Krishna tells Uddhava about the qualities of a real devotee or a Sage. When a devotee has the qualities like non-expectation, non-enmity, equal vision for every being, he is extremely dear to God.

What does God do then? He starts following such a devotee walking behind his foot-steps so that He himself is purified by the dust of the feet of such a devotee.

This shloka tells us about the place God gives to the true devotional qualities; how God feels that such a devotee is an embodiment of purity.

When we chant the shloka and focus on the meanings of each word, we feel purified ourselves. An aspiration to attain such exalted qualities fills the mind. The effort to gain these qualities then becomes the saadhana for a seeker.

Word Meaning:

निरपेक्षम् (nirapekṣam) = one who is non-expectant, desireless; मुनिम् (munim) = one who is deep in his thoughts; शान्तम् (śāntam) = one who is inwardly peaceful; निर्वैरम् (nirvairam) = one who is free from enmity; समदर्शनम् (samadarśanam) = one who has an impartial vision towards all; अनुव्रजामि (anuvrajāmi) = follow; अहम् (aham) = I ; नित्यम् (nityam) = always; पूयेयेत् (pūyeyet) = purified; अङ्घ्रिरेणुभिः (aṅghrireṇubhiḥ) = dust of the feet.

अन्वयः

निरपेक्षं, मुनिं, शान्तं, निर्वैरं, समदर्शनं, अहं नित्यं अनुव्रजामि; अङ्घ्रिरेणुभिः पूयेयेत् ।
nirapekṣaṁ, muniṁ, śāntaṁ, nirvairaṁ, samadarśanaṁ, ahaṁ nityaṁ anuvrajāmi; aṅghrireṇubhiḥ pūyeyet.

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