Very Important : - follow the Lord to become dear to HIM!
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :
Chapter-12. ( Bhakti-yogam )
Slokam-17. ( One who neither grasps pleasure or grief, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things, is very dear to Me. )
yo na hrshyati na dveshti na socati na kankshati,
subhasubhaparityagi bhaktiman yah sa me priyah.
yah na hrshyati = one who never becomes pleasure living;
na dveshti = never be in sorrow / distress/ grieves;
na socati = never laments;
na kankshati = never desires;
subha-asubha-parityagi = renounces auspicious as well as inauspicious ( renounces good and bad );
sa bhaktiman me priyah = that devotee is very dear to Me.
Discussion : 1
A pure devotee is neither happy nor distressed over material gain and loss, nor is he very much anxious to get a son or disciple, nor is he distressed by not getting them. If he loses anything which is very dear to him, he does not lament. Similarly, if he does not get what he desires, he is not distressed. He is transcendental in the face of all kinds of auspicious, inauspicious and sinful activities. He is prepared to accept all kinds of risks for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord. Nothing is an impediment in the discharge of his devotional service. Such a devotee is very dear to Krishna.
Lord Krishna's devotee who is not exultant upon obtaining things which cause joy in mortals, who hates nothing, who grieves not over things that cause grief to mortals such as the death of family members, loss of wealth etc., who craves nothing being desire less for anything in the material existence, who renounces both pious and impious acts knowing they both result in bondage to karma or reactions to actions. Such a devotee is very dear to Lord Krishna.
To be continued ....