service attitude. Normally all the devotees in the material world want God to serve them. “What God has done for your life?” Right, isn’t that what they say? “What has He done?” They want… they wanna know what service has God done for you. “What will God do for me if I chant His name?” Of course, if you are the servant of God, then automatically one does get so many benefits. There is no doubt about it, in fact more than one who is not in that service role, but the attitude of the devotee, is rather… the pure devotee is trying, “Let me please Krishna. If Krishna is pleased everything will be perfect.” you see.
While the materialist, even if they are devotee of God… “Let me serve God and let God please me. Then everything will be perfect.” Meaning, “Please my body.” because they are in the body consciousness. So they have a separate interest.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj
29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta