Devotion is the most important of all the disciplines for God - realization. Not only this but all the disciplines end in devotion, Karmayoga & Jnanayoga etc. are means but supreme love is an end. Devotion is so extensive that it is at the beginning of every discipline and is also at the end. Devotion at the beginning of every discipline consists in the form of attraction towards God. Because, without attraction, no one can engage themselves in spiritual practice. At the end of a discipline devotion is transformed in to the form of supreme love, which enhances every moment – 'Madbhaktim Labhate Param' Gita.
One's devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities:
- eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required;
- overendeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain;
- talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters;
There are six principles favorable to the execution of pure devotional service:
- being enthusiastie,
- endeavoring with confidence,
- being patient,
- acting according to regulative principles (such as sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam - hearing, chanting and remembering God)
In all spiritual affairs, one's first duty is to control his mind and senses. Unless one controls his mind and senses, one cannot make any advancement in spiritual life. Everyone within this material world is engrossed in the modes of passion and ignorance. One must promote himself to the platform of goodness (sattva-guna).
Bhakti is a sort of cultivation. As soon as we say "cultivation," we must refer to activity. Cultivation of spirituality does not mean sitting down idly for meditation, as some pseudo-yogis teach. Such idle meditation may be good for those who have no information of devotional service, and for this reason it is sometimes recommended as a way to check distracting materialistic activities.
In the name DURGA - the letter "D" means the destroyer of the demons, the letter "U" means the destroyer of obstacles, the letter "R" means the destroyer of diseases, the letter "G" means the destroyer of sins and the letter "A" means the destroyer of enemies and fears. She is the one who eliminates sufferings, protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries. Thatswhy everyone should surrender all of their actions and duties onto her.