We cannot bribe the Personality of Godhead
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.
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