Śyāmarāṇī dāsī: A householder should serve even their non-devotee mother and father?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Yes, they should serve their mother, father, and brothers – whether their parents are devotees or non-devotees – otherwise they will have to go to hell. Everyone who is not a pure devotee has debts to others in this world. When my father used to come to Mathurā, I would take his foot-dust on my head.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: His father was a devotee.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Even though I am a sannyāsī and he was a gṛhastha, I did so. He was my first guru. He taught me Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, and other scriptures.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: Devotees serve their parents to inspire them to become devotees. The parents receive good impressions by remembering how their devotee children always give respect to them, and bring them prasādam, and the good news about what is best for their eternal welfare.
Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2007
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