Lord Krishn has enumerated attributes of the devotee who achieves ultimate peace. Free from ill-will towards all beings, he is endowed with compassion and pity. Free equally from attachment and vanity, this devotee is beloved of Lord Krishn.
Lord Krishn sings:
“The devotee who has malice towards none and loves all,
who is compassionate and free from attachment and vanity,
who views sorrow and joy equally and is forgiving,
endowed with steady yog, contented alike with both profit and loss,
restrained in mind, and dedicated to me with firm conviction, is dear to me.
“The devotee who does not upset anyone,
nor is upset by anyone,
and who is free from the contradictions of joy, envy,
and fear, is dear to me.”
Apart from these qualities, this worshiper is also one who neither agitates any being nor is agitated by any being, and who is free from joy, misery, fear, and all such distractions. Such a worshiper is beloved of Lord Krishn. This verse is most salutary for worshipers, for they should so conduct themselves that they do not hurt anyone’s feeling. They have to be so, although others will not act in the same way. Being worldly-minded they cannot but indulge in venomous fulminations. However, whatever they say to denounce and hurt should not disturb and interrupt the seeker’s meditation. Whatever they do, his thoughts should be steadily and constantly set on the coveted God. It is his duty to protect himself from the onslaughts of men who are-as it were-intoxicated and out of their senses.
Lord Krishn adds:
“The devotee who is emancipated from desire,
pure, dexterous at his task, impartial, free from sorrow,
and who has achieved the state of actionlessness, is dear to me.”
That man is pure who is liberated from desire. “Dexterous” means that he is adept in worship and meditation, the one ordained action. He is unaffected by fortune and misfortune, free from sorrow, and one who has given up all undertakings because there is left no worthwhile enterprise on which he can embark.
“The devotee who is neither joyous nor envious,
neither troubled nor concerned,
and who has given up all good and evil actions, is dear to me.”
This is the crowning point of devotion when the worshiper is not wanting in anything that is worthy nor in possession of anything that is impious. The worshiper who has reached this stage is dear to Lord Krishn.
“The steady worshiper, who regards friends and foes,
honour and dishonour, cold and heat,
happiness and sorrow, as equal, and who is detached from the world, indifferent to slander and praise, meditative,
contented with any manner of physical sustenance, and free from infatuation for the place where he dwells, is dear to me.”
“And the devotees who rest in me
and taste well the aforesaid nectar of dharm
in a spirit of selflessness are the dearest to me.”
In the concluding verse, Lord Krishn adds that he loves those devotees most who take refuge in him and partake well of the aforesaid imperishable substance of dharm.
~Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans~