A real devotee is like seeing the tip of the iceberg

One time Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was lecturing and suddenly he became also overwhelmed by transcendental symptoms, and he ran out from the class, ran up to his room and didn’t want to show because especially previously, it was such a thing that there were actually people that they would simply constantly cry in front of the devotees and that would be the thing that would convince them this type of external ecstasies and manifestations, that this was actually… this was the proof of their, rather than the anubhavas which Bhaktivinoda Thakura has told us that we should observe and the regulated service or the spontaneous service principles that we should follow.

So in this way our previous acaryas they were very careful not to minimize or cheapen the great experience of love for Krishna. And actually it is said that therefore a real devotee is like seeing the tip of the iceberg. If you see any even just a small any kind of ecstatic symptoms in a prema devotee, it’s just like a tip of an iceberg. Even a tip of an iceberg because an iceberg is 7/8 under water and 1/8 above. But this is just one you know part of a percent above and you see vast majority of the ocean below you can’t actually… It’s so deep where a devotee may be experiencing even a nama-bhasa by intense association with his spiritual master, with Lord Caitanya one may get a preliminary feeling, it won’t be full bhava but it’s just before the sun rises sometimes there is also the sunlight, like that one may be experiencing a nama-bhasa or like a twilight experiencing a bhava just momentarily but that is not so deep. It’s quite deep but not so deep and more of just a sudden… and as they advance and it becomes more and more deep the experience of devotional ecstasy and appreciation.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK