Divine Qualities: Sincerity

                                                                  Q. 1. I was just reading BG 2.40 and had a question in relation to what Krishna says there:

                                                                  Is it the case that anyone performing any small amount of devotional service for the explicit purpose of pleasing God, with or without the knowledge of what is actually pleasing to God, will have the chance to be born again in a body suitable for taking up devotional service (meaning, at least a human body)?

                                                                  Q. How can one know if Krishna is pleased or not pleased by one's action? Or, how do I know that whatever I am doing besides devotional services is pleasing Krishna?

                                                                  Q. The intelligence of a devotee, the recalling capacity and memory comes from purva-karma. We need these assets for preaching. Can we do anything to increase this?

                                                                  Q. What qualities or activities in devotee(s) or disciple(s) pleases the spiritual master or saintly persons the most?

                                                                  What pleases saintly persons the most is to see a devotee/disciple developing transcendental Vaishnava qualities -- or even their earnest effort to do so.

                                                                  They are also pleased to see someone sincerely engaging in the *activities* of devotion, such as hearing, chanting, serving the Deities, serving Vaishnavas, observing the regulative principles of devotional service, accepting voluntary austerities for Krishna etc.

                                                                  Q. I am a very sinful soul, I cannot follow very strict laws as other devotees always do. All I can do is share some simple information with other interested people. Otherwise I am the worst among devotees.

                                                                  I know that assocication with sadhus is the cure for my depleted condition, but I feel intimidated by their strictness. What to do?

                                                                  I would like to respond to your question in two parts.

                                                                  1. The Strictness of a Sadhu

                                                                  You have the impression that a sadhu is a strict personality, perhaps so strict that their presence is intimidating.

                                                                  Q. In one of your instructions posted under obstacles (choosing Krishna), you have very rightly warned as to how vigilant we must be in executing our devotional service. That which may look innocent at the beginning could soon turn into an attachment and a problem very difficult to manage later. But what does one do to rectify this if the situation has indeed gone out of hand? One might feel extremely repentant of the choice he made but now that choice has become an attachment. Will Krishna still accept and forgive and give him a chance to choose Him again?

                                                                  Your question was in two parts. I will address them one by one.