PQPA—6. The Perfect Devotee———-February 29, 1972, evening
690) Whether I know who the best devotee is! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!
————- A second-class devotee has the vision that some are envious of God, but this is not the vision of the best devotee. The best devotee sees, “Nobody is envious of God. Everyone is better than me.” Just like Caitanya-caritämrta’s author, Krsnadäsa Kaviräja. He says, “I am lower than the worm in the stool.”
Bob: Who is saying this?
Srila Prabhupäda: Krsnadäsa Kaviräja, the author of Caitanya-caritämrta: purisera kita haite muïi se laghistha [Cc. Ädi 5.205]. He is not making a show. He is feeling like that. “I am the lowest. Everyone is best, but I am the lowest. Everyone is engaged in Krsna’s service. I am not engaged.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu said “Oh, I have not a pinch of devotion to Krsna. I cry to make a show. If I had been a devotee of Krsna, I would have died long ago. But I am living. That is the proof that I do not love Krsna.” That is the vision of the best devotee. He is so much absorbed in Krsna’s love that he says, “Everything is going on, but I am the lowest. Therefore I cannot see God.” That is the best devotee. –———————