Srila Prabhupada: Service is the constant companion of the living being and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.

Srila Prabhupada: Service is the constant companion of the living being
and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.

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When Sanatana Gosvami asked Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu about the svarupa of every living being, the Lord replied that the svarupa or constitutional position of the living being is the rendering of service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If we analyze this statement of Lord Caitanya, we can easily see that every living being is constantly engaged in rendering service to another living being. A living being serves other living beings in two capacities. By doing so, the living entity enjoys life. The lower animals serve human beings as servants serve their master. A serves B master, B serves C master and C serves D master and so on. Under these circumstances, we can see that one friend serves another friend, the mother serves the son, the wife serves the husband, the husband serves the wife and so on. If we go on searching in this spirit, it will be seen that there is no exception in the society of living beings to the activity of service. The politician presents his manifesto for the public to convince them of his capacity for service. The voters therefore give the politician their valuable votes, thinking that he will render valuable service to society. The shopkeeper serves the customer, and the artisan serves the capitalist. The capitalist serves the family, and the family serves the state in the terms of the eternal capacity of the eternal living being. In this way we can see that no living being is exempt from rendering service to other living beings, and therefore we can safely conclude that service is the constant companion of the living being and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.  [Introduction to Bhagavad Gita As It Is,1972 Edition]

Key Points:

  • The svarupa or constitutional position of the living being is the rendering of service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
  • If we analyze this statement of Lord Caitanya, we can easily see that every living being is constantly engaged in rendering service to another living being. 
  • A serves B master, B serves C master and C serves D master and so on. 
  • If we go on searching in this spirit, it will be seen that there is no exception in the society of living beings to the activity of service.
  • In this way we can see that no living being is exempt from rendering service to other living beings, and therefore we can safely conclude that service is the constant companion of the living being and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.

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