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Question: How to develop submissive mood, keeping aside false ego while carrying out services under authorities?

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Jayapataka Swami: You have a nice name, Saranagati, means surrender. Just apply your name! Lord Caitanya said in the third verse of the Siksastakam which they chant here every morning – trnad api sui cena, taror api sahisnuna,amaanina mana dena, kirtaniya sada Harihi. Be more humble than a blade of grass. Srila Prabhupada described – you step on grass, it bends over, it is humble. When you walk away from the grass, the grass comes back up. So, in that way, we should be humble and at the same be resilient. Go upright in due course of time. Be more tolerant than a tree. A tree stands there in rain, in heat, in wind and people cut branches from the tree and make tooth brushes. One devotee, Srila Prabhupada said, he wanted a neem tree. There was a neem tree outside his window. He hung out of the window to get a neem branch. Srila Prabhupada said, don’t do that! He said, don’t worry Prabhupada, I did that many times! Maybe, but don’t do in front of me, Srila Prabhupada said. Ha! Srila Prabhupada was afraid for the devotee, maybe he will fall! That way a tree is very tolerant, so we should be tolerant and we should give respect to others but  not expect any appreciation or respect for ourselves. In that way we can always chant the Holy Name. So saranagati is the actual mood we should have, and whether our authority treats us very nice with a smile, or he treats us harsh, we are not doing it for the authority. As such, we are doing it to please Krsna. And if the authority gives us a service we can do, we should appreciate it, thank you for giving me the service!