“In the paramahamsa stage one conquers the desire for sleep, food and sense gratification. One remains a humble, meek mendicant engaged in the service of the Lord day and night. Madhavendra Puri had attained this paramahamsa stage.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 4.123 Purport)
Friend1: If we think about the saints of the Vedic tradition, they seem to be praised for one thing.
Friend2: Really? If you read about their lives I’m sure you would find many aspects that are worthy of study, honor, plaudits and emulation.
Friend1: I acknowledge that, but everything centers around a specific feature.
Friend2: Are you trying to create your own version of the verse from the Bhagavad-gita, where Krishna talks about pearls on a string?
“O conqueror of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on…
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