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Question: Even if we don’t have position we still can have pride about the services we do very well, thinking that we do better than others. How should we protect ourselves from this pride?

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Jayapataka Swami: Good question. A rickshaw driver, he also thinks he is the best rickshaw driver. He can think that I can pull stronger than others! Someone will think that oh, that bull, he pulls harder than me all day but I get the same money but I pull less! So in different way one may be very proud. So we should think Krsna has given us a great facility to serve Him and how we can serve Him better and better. So once Yamuna was saying how she prepared Srila Prabhupada’s room in LA, and she arranged all the socks, all the drawers first class. So she was expecting Srila Prabhupada would appreciate and she was waiting for the praise. But Srila Prabhupada looked in all the drawers and he was not praising. He looked at everything and she got nervous, oh no! He is not praising me, he is looking, because she was not in the right consciousness. Then he tried to open the window. Because whenever Srila Prabhupada came, they repainted all the quarters. So they had painted the windows, but except that they painted the window shut. Srila Prabhupada tried to open it and it didn’t open, he said, why the window doesn’t open and Yamuna she started crying ahhhh.  So Srila Prabhupada was very expert in keeping the disciples humble. I am not so expert! So this way we should try to be humble and always think that we can improve our service. Like Radharani, She never thinks that She has reached the peak, She is always trying to improve so that is the secret of success. We should never be proud, we should always try to improve. Thank you.