Chapter 26 - Six Favorable and Unfavorable Principles
as taught by Srila Rupa Goswami in Nectar Of Instruction
The Six Favorable Principles
1. BEING ENTHUSIASTIC
Every endeavor in Krsna consciousness is performed with intelligence.
The devotees are expert in engaging everything in Krsna's service.
The practice of devotional service has nothing to do with selfish
meditation, but means practical activity in spiritual life.
2. ENDEAVORING WITH CONFIDENCE
The devotee thinks "avasya raksibe Krsna": Krsna will
certainly help and protect me, so that I can successfully execute
my devotional service.
One should not be impatient when executing one's devotional service
but accept the orders of the spiritual master, patiently execute
them and always feel dependent on the mercy of guru and Krsna.
Sometimes Srila Prabhupada used to give the following example
in this regard: a newly wed girl naturally may expect a child
from her husband, but she cannot hope to get it right after the
marriage. In other words, it takes time, until the results are
4. ACTING ACCORDING TO REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES (such
as sravanam kirtanam)
The devotee is expected to enthusiastically follow
the 4 regulative principles and observe positive regulations
like the chanting of Hare Krsna.
5. ABANDONING ASSOCIATION WITH NON-DEVOTEES
In order to become successful in devotional service one has to
give up the association of unwanted persons. This includes karmis,
jnanis and other non-devotees. Sri Caitanya defines a Vaisnava
as someone who gives up the association with worldly people.
6. FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PREVIOUS ACARYAS
In Krsna-consciousness we follow a daily program (sadhana) which
includes getting up early in the morning, chanting, reading of
Srimad Bhagavatam etc., and thus we are following the previous
spiritual masters, who were expertly engaged in devotional service
every single moment in their lives.
The Six Unfavorable Principles
1.Eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than
Everyone needs possessions like food, money and other things
in order to maintain his body, but one should not accumulate
more than necessary for one's personal requirement.
2.Over endeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult
Although we are in need of a certain economic development, it
is only allowed for essential things in life. The real goal of
life is to realize the Absolute Truth. As soon as we don't direct
our endeavors in this direction, we will simply increase our
artificial demands. Therefore we have to guard ourselves from
3.Talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters
Those who are not interested in Krsna-consciousness like to read
heaps of newspapers, solve riddles, read novels, etc. They are
simply wasting their time with useless activities. In this way
materialistic people waste valuable time and energy. Old people
spend their days with playing cards, fishing, television and
speculations about social and political topics. All these activities
belong to the prajalpa category, and should be avoided by intelligent
4.Practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only
for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual
advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures
and working independently or whimsically.
Those who are interested in Krsna-consciousness should not be
eager to follow rules and regulations in order to have economic
success but they should faithfully follow the rules and regulations
given in the scriptures and follow the order of the spiritual
master in order to advance in Krsna-consciousness.
5.Associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested
There are two kinds of non-devotees; those who are against Krsna's
supremacy and those who are absorbed in material sense gratification.
One should strictly avoid such association. We should live only
in association with Krsna-conscious devotees and always be engaged
in Krsna's service in their association.
6.Being greedy for mundane achievements
Desires for mystic powers, merging into Brahman, whimsically
striving for wealth, etc., are all in the category of greed.
All attempts for material or pseudo-spiritual achievements are
obstacles in devotional service.