You should always try to honor all devotees who are chanting, who are worshipping, who are doing any kind of Kṛṣṇa’s service. A little bhakti is there. Even ābhāsa is there. He’s doing nāmābhāsa. Even you should do praṇāma to him by mind. And those who are doing pure name, you should do praṇāma and also serve them. And if a devotee is high-class, not criticizing anyone, no envy to anyone, no criticizing—not criticizing anything, always he’s absorbed in kṛṣṇa-bhakti, always remembering the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, sweetly singing the names of Kṛṣṇa, and being in Vṛndāvana—then you should give up all your things in the lotus feet of that kind of Vaiṣṇava. We should try to be like this. Otherwise, how we can be devotees? Try to take all the essence of bhakti in you, then I will think that, if even one person will be collected, I will think: “Oh, my coming to Western countries is successful.” And you are successful, your life is also successful.
June 27, 1997 France