We cannot bribe the Personality of Godhead

by April 29, 2013

There are many items offered to the Deity, some valuable

and some less valuable. It is prescribed in Bhagavad-gita: “If a devotee

offers Me a small flower, a leaf, some water or a little fruit, I will

accept it.” The real purpose is to exhibit one’s loving devotion to the

Lord; the offerings themselves are secondary. If one has not developed

loving devotion to the Lord and simply offers many kinds of foodstuffs,

fruits and flowers without real devotion, the offering will not be

accepted by the Lord. We cannot bribe the Personality of Godhead. He is

so great that our bribery has no value. Nor has He any scarcity; since He

is full in Himself, what can we offer Him? Everything is produced by Him.

We simply offer to show our love and gratitude to the Lord.

Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.24 purport

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