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9 years ago  ::  Jan 26, 2009 - 1:58PM #1
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It's a matter of how the word is perceived....if we say that we serve our country this is considered (by many) to be noble, honorable; to serve your family--to serve your community is a positive thing... service is an integral part of our nature.. we serve our bodies, our minds, our desires..To serve God is the perfect dovetailing of this innate propensity since God is the core of existence.

God wants us to be happy.. and the greatest bliss is experienced through loving relationships (with God and with one another)... and as a natural expression of love.... we may lovingly serve...

When someone feels awed by the greatness of the Divinity, a natural expression may be to kneel or to bow down... it can be a sentiment motivated by love.. not fear.. not lowliness...just sheer and utter awe...
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9 years ago  ::  May 30, 2009 - 12:38PM #2
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The first post is based on an incorrect view.  There is no fear in Krishna Consciousness: fear is a base thoughtform that confuses and lowers the mind's vibratory rate.

Krishna himself gives the commandment 'DO NOT FEAR' in Bhagavad Gita 18:66

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.

This is pretty straightforward.  And so it is an established understanding that true Vaishnavas have no fear, and true religion is never fear-based.

With that understanding, the 'Das' at the end of a name does not denote fear, but love, service out of love.  Anyone who is in love, and who deems the Person who is loved worthy, naturally wishes to serve the Person who is loved.  This is a transcendental experience and must never be compared with terrorist practices that are carried out in false religions in the age of Kali.

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