Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 20 Mar 2023


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Can service be done even from faraway places or is it solely geographically dependent?

[Mr. Talin Rowe asked: Blessed Swami, please enlighten me on a question to clear some worries I have at Your convenience.

Realizing the human Incarnation seems extraordinary difficult under normal circumstances. Especially in today’s time where the population is relatively high compared to known historical estimates. From a few angles it seems very difficult for someone to be exposed to the incarnation, then have the ability to come worship and to serve You in person. What should someone do if they want to serve You but don’t have the resources or skills at their present moment to do so? Can service be done even from far away or is it solely geographically dependent? Thank You Swami, I hope You and those around You have a very great day. Thank You sincerely, Talin Rowe]

Swami replied:- Best service will come only if the devotee is far. The reason is that a devotee, who is close to human incarnation is always observing the external gross body, which always exhibits its natural properties like hunger, thirst, sleep, illness etc. God does not interfere with the natural properties of the external medium, which always makes a strong impression on the minds of the close devotees that the incarnation is after all an ordinary human being. This develops free intimacy leading to negligence that facilitates to clarify the doubts in spiritual knowledge freely without any excitation that the incarnation is the ultimate God that came down to the earth for propagating spiritual knowledge. Gopikas became the strongest devotee because God Krishna never came back to their village once Krishna left them. The Veda says that which is before eyes is repelled and hated whereas that which is far from eyes always develops deep attraction (Parokṣa priyā iva hi devāḥ, pratyakṣa dviṣaḥ).