We will only have to undergo a journey similar to Gopa-kumāra’s if we do not have firm conviction that what Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has taught is the pure, topmost directive that it leads to the highest destination.

Sevā, in the true sense of the term, is rendered only to the sevya-vastu, or a person worthy of receiving service, and not to a person who is in a state of misery. To feel sympathy for a person in a pitiable state who prays sincerely for something is called ‘compassion,’ and to satisfy his desire by bestowing upon him the objective of his prayers is called ‘charity.’ When we see such desperate persons, feelings of compassion may arise in our heart that inspire us to give to them in charity. These feelings and inspirations are absent, however, when we stand before a person who does not...

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