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Bhakti is Service Free of Material Designations

sarvopādhi-vinirmuktam
tat-paratvena nirmalam
hṛṣīkena hṛṣīkeśa-
sevanaṁ (bhaktir ucyate)
(CC Madhya 19.170)

Hṛṣīka means senses, upādhi. Just like my hand is now covered by this shirt. So when there is no more shirt, that is naked. So when you come without any designation, without any understanding, false understanding, that “I am American,” “I am Englishman,” “I am Indian,” “I am brāhmaṇa,” “I am kṣatriya.” In that stage the senses, the senses remain. Suppose if I take my dress out of my body, my real senses are there.

So similarly, when we become free from the designation of this material body and we come to the pure stage of original, spiritual senses, that senses when applied to the service of the supreme master of senses, God, that is called bhakti. Yato bhaktir adhokṣaje.

So, if we actually want peace or happiness, yayātmā suprasīdati, without any designation, then that peace and happiness can be achieved. Otherwise it is not possible. So long we remain designated, it is not possible to come to that stage of pure, unalloyed devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thank you very much. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Any question?

-Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja

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