It is like Raghunath Das. He presented himself in front of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, ‘Even though I am not qualified, I feel like a dwarf who wants to catch the moon, but what can I do, I still want to join you!’ So he came like that and presented to Lord Caitanya humbly; I want Krsna prema, I want pure devotion, but I know I am not qualified. You should pray like that, ‘Even though I am not qualified, I am asking You because You are most merciful. You are patita pavan, the deliverer of the most fallen, so kindly give me mercy. I f you think like that genuinely, that you are not qualified, that will attract the Lord’s mercy. It is more of a disqualification if you think, ‘Ok, now I am qualified. Krsna, give me Krsna prema.’ I chanted my 16 rounds!’ It is nice to have done your sadhana, but you must feel that you were able to do anything by the mercy of your Guru. You must somehow present yourself as the most humble servitor of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
HH Jayapataka Swami
New Panihati Dham Atlanta,