Envy--The Root Cause Of Our Fall Down

Srimad Bhagavatam 07.14.40 - Envy--The Root Cause Of Our Fall Down (download mp3)
by Madhavendra Puri Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 7.14.40
tato 'rcayam harim kecit
samsraddhaya saparyaya
upasata upastapi
narthada purusa-dvisam

Sometimes a neophyte devotee offers all the paraphernalia for worshiping the Lord, and he factually worships the Lord as the Deity, but because he is envious of the authorized devotees of Lord Visnu, the Lord is never satisfied with his devotional service.

Deity worship is especially meant for purifying the neophyte devotees. Actually, however, preaching is more important. In Bhagavad-gita (18.69) it is said, na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah: if one wants to be recognized by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he must preach the glories of the Lord. One who worships the Deity must therefore be extremely respectful to preachers; otherwise simply worshiping the Deity will keep one in the lower stage of devotion.